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Cairn south of Mill Corner

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4831 / 50°28'59"N

Longitude: -3.9844 / 3°59'3"W

OS Eastings: 259310.67807

OS Northings: 66695.8464

OS Grid: SX593666

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.5VR6

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JS.CJT

Entry Name: Cairn south of Mill Corner

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1962

Last Amended: 5 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013413

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10679

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

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 cairn lies on a west-facing slope on a small scarp above the south bank
of the River Plym at Mill Corner. It consists of a mound 6m in diameter and
0.5m in height with a hollow in the centre. It is turf-covered and lies 200m
south-west of several enclosures with hut circles on Giant's 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 provide 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
above the river bank. 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


Devon County SMR SX56NE-059,

Source: Historic England

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