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One of two cairns west of Penn Beacon

A Scheduled Monument in Cornwood, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4502 / 50°27'0"N

Longitude: -3.9844 / 3°59'3"W

OS Eastings: 259214.319598

OS Northings: 63030.257862

OS Grid: SX592630

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.82BC

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JV.ZGL

Entry Name: One of two cairns west of Penn Beacon

Scheduled Date: 10 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012813

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10791

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Cornwood

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This cairn is one of two on the west slope of Penn Beacon, west of Cholwich
Town contour reave and lying on broadly the same contour as the several cairns
on the south-west slope. These two cairns lie close to the west side of a
group of springs which run down the west slope. This cairn is the
north-eastern of the two and consists of a mound 8m in diameter and up to 1m
in height with a hollow in the centre. It is partly overgrown but some stone
shows through the turf.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in southern Britain and,
because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most
complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The
great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provide direct evidence
for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards.
The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites,
major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as
later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes
in the pattern of land use through time. Round cairns are prehistoric funerary
monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, the latter predominating in areas of upland Britain
where such raw materials were locally available in abundance. Round cairns may
cover single or multiple burials and are sometimes surrounded by an outer
ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major visual element in
the modern landscape. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a
monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and
social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are
particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of
surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. Dartmoor provides one
of the best preserved and most dense concentrations of round cairns in south-
western Britain.

This cairn survives well as one of a concentration of similar monuments on the
slopes around Penn Beacon.

Source: Historic England


SX56SE-128, SX56SE-128, (1990)

Source: Historic England

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