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Round cairn on Lee Moor 950m south east of Great Trowlesworthy Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Shaugh Prior, Devon

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Latitude: 50.456 / 50°27'21"N

Longitude: -3.9921 / 3°59'31"W

OS Eastings: 258683.75487

OS Northings: 63695.43313

OS Grid: SX586636

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.7LCQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JV.GKK

Entry Name: Round cairn on Lee Moor 950m south east of Great Trowlesworthy Tor

Scheduled Date: 16 October 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015753

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28793

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Shaugh Prior

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This monument includes a round cairn situated on a south facing slope of Lee
Moor overlooking Whitehill Yeo China Clay Works. The cairn survives as a 4.7m
diameter and 0.8m high circular mound of stones and earth.
A circular pit lying 6m to the WNW whose function and date are currently
unknown is not included in the scheduling. However, other archaeological
features surviving within the vicinity of this monument are the subject of
separate schedulings.
This monument is in the care of the Secretary of State.

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. Round cairns are prehistoric funerary
monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, the latter predominating in areas of upland Britain
where such raw materials were locally available in abundance. Round cairns may
cover single or multiple burials and are sometimes surrounded by an outer
ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major visual element in
the modern landscape. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a
monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and
social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are
particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of
surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. Dartmoor provides one
of the best preserved and most dense concentrations of round cairns in south-
western Britain.

The round cairn on Lee Moor, 950m south east of Great Trowlesworthy Tor
survives well and forms part of a larger cluster of broadly contemporary
funerary monuments.

Source: Historic England


MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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