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Cairn on Weatherdon Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Harford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.414 / 50°24'50"N

Longitude: -3.9007 / 3°54'2"W

OS Eastings: 265051.485956

OS Northings: 58852.904503

OS Grid: SX650588

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.XCS2

Mapcode Global: FRA 27QY.N62

Entry Name: Cairn on Weatherdon Hill

Scheduled Date: 7 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013209

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10533

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Harford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


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 large cairn on Weatherdon Hill consists of a mound of loosely
packed stones on a base of stone and earth, the circumference of which
projects beyond the stones; it is 20m. in diameter and 1.6m. high and has an
outer ditch. It is the westernmost of a series of similar cairns which lie
along the ridge from Butterdon Hill to Weatherdon Hill.

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 on Weatherdon Hill is a well-preserved example and occupies a
prominent position on the brow of the hill, forming part of a series of
large, probably high status, cairns of similar construction on hilltops along
the eastern side of the Erme Valley. Its relationship to other cairns
indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of life on this
part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proc. Devon Arch. Soc.' in Dartmoor Barrows (0305 5795), , Vol. 36, (1978), 141

Source: Historic England

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