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Cairn near Ball Gate, Corringdon Ball

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4367 / 50°26'12"N

Longitude: -3.8755 / 3°52'31"W

OS Eastings: 266906.94941

OS Northings: 61331.176881

OS Grid: SX669613

Mapcode National: GBR QB.7S8P

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SW.S0Q

Entry Name: Cairn near Ball Gate, Corringdon Ball

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013039

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10571

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Brent St Petroc

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 10m to the north-west of the chambered cairn at Ball Gate
and another cairn which occupy a neck of land on the 310m contour which
joins Corringdon Ball and Brent Fore Hill. It is a mound of earth and stone
6m in diameter and 0.3m in height and has a retaining circle of which six
stones remain in situ, just breaking the turf. It is hollow in the centre,
revealing a stone which may be the east endslab of a cist.

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 lies in close proximity to a chambered cairn and another round
cairn in a prominent position on flattish area on the 310m contour between
two hills. Its relationship to other burial monuments in the immediate
vicinity and to other cairns and several stone alignments within a few
hundered metres, indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual
side of prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX66SE-353,

Source: Historic England

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