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Cairn above the south-west bank of the East Glaze Brook

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4365 / 50°26'11"N

Longitude: -3.8817 / 3°52'54"W

OS Eastings: 266463.887359

OS Northings: 61316.365373

OS Grid: SX664613

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.1YDM

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RW.X5Z

Entry Name: Cairn above the south-west bank of the East Glaze Brook

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013027

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10567

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ugborough St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


Many examples of prehistoric funerary monuments are preserved on Dartmoor,
mostly dating to the Bronze Age (c.2500-500). To celebrate or commemorate
the dead, mounds of earth or stone were piled in roughly hemispherical shape
over the burial, which was sometimes contained in a small rectangular
structure, or cist, made of stone slabs. Some monuments also include
kerbstones marking the outer edge of the mound and a surrounding ditch.
This cairn lies on a spur above the south-west bank of the East Glaze Brook.
It consists of a grassy mound 0.5m in height with traces of a retaining kerb
giving a total diameter of 8.5m. It lies c.100m from another cairn on the
same flattish area on the 330m contour and a few hundred metres from the
stone alignments and cairns near Glasscombe Upper Plantation.

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 provides 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.
This cairn is a well-preserved example and occupies a prominent position on
the brow of a spur. Its relationship to other monuments of the same type
and to several stone alignments in the vicinity indicates the wealth of
evidence relating to the ritual side of prehistoric life on this part of the

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 171
SX66SE-496, Devon County SMR, Ref SX66SE-496,

Source: Historic England

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