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Cairn on Weatherdon Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Harford, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4146 / 50°24'52"N

Longitude: -3.8992 / 3°53'57"W

OS Eastings: 265161.261723

OS Northings: 58912.513883

OS Grid: SX651589

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.3657

Mapcode Global: FRA 27QY.NRC

Entry Name: Cairn on Weatherdon Hill

Scheduled Date: 7 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013309

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10534

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Harford

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. 2500-500BC). 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 has a mound of stones built on a stone and earth base the
circumference of which projects beyond the stones. It is 20 m. in diameter
and approximately 1.5 m. high, and is one of a series of large examples along
the ridge between Butterdon Hill and Weatherdon 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 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 large cairn on Weatherdon Hill is a well-preserved example and occupies
a prominent position on the brow of a 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 prehistoric
life on this part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proc. Devon Arch. Soc.' in Dartmoor Barrows (0305 5795), , Vol. 36, (1978), 140
Other
SX65NE-221,

Source: Historic England

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