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Cairn north of Giant's Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4848 / 50°29'5"N

Longitude: -3.98 / 3°58'47"W

OS Eastings: 259628.780849

OS Northings: 66866.473153

OS Grid: SX596668

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.5X1Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 27KS.19J

Entry Name: Cairn north of Giant's Hill

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1962

Last Amended: 5 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013177

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10678

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

Many examples of Prehistoric funerary monuments are preserved on Dartmoor,
mostly dating to the Bronze Age (c.2500-500 BC). To celebrate or commemorate
the dead, mounds of earth or stone were piled in a 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 north-west facing slope above the River Plym, north of Giant's
Hill. It consists of a mound 9m in diameter and 0.6m in height, built of
earth and a high proportion of stone. It has a hollow in the centre and is
covered with heather. It lies within 100m of several enclosures with hut
circles on Giant's Hill.

MAP EXTRACT
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 eary 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 valley slope. Its relationship to other monuments indicates the wealth of
evidence relating to occupation and the ritual side of Prehistoric life on
this part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Devon County SMR SX 56 NE 052,

Source: Historic England

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