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Cairn 300m south west of Tibbett's Lookout, Lundy

A Scheduled Monument in Area not comprised in any Parish-Lundy Island, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1847 / 51°11'4"N

Longitude: -4.6696 / 4°40'10"W

OS Eastings: 213521.108241

OS Northings: 146217.954953

OS Grid: SS135462

Mapcode National: GBR GTVK.7S2

Mapcode Global: VH2S4.0HP5

Entry Name: Cairn 300m south west of Tibbett's Lookout, Lundy

Scheduled Date: 17 June 1970

Last Amended: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016017

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27636

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Area not comprised in any Parish-Lundy Island

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lundy

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Details

The monument includes a cairn located 300m south west of Tibbett's Lookout.
The cairn measures 10m in diameter and stands 0.4m high at the highest point.
The interior shows a depression 4.5m in diameter now grown over with turf.
Large stones, two of which are over 1m long, are exposed in the depression and
may be the remains of the burial cist. The capstone of the cist lies to the
north east beside the mound. No record of an excavation is known.

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

Lundy is a small, steep sided island in the Bristol Channel, 16m north of
Hartland Point, north Devon. Aligned north-south, it is 6km long by 1km wide
and supports a predominately moorland vegetation. The 100m high cliffs and
tabular form give it a striking appearance, visible in clear weather from
parts of south west England and south Wales.
Lundy's remoteness and (until the 19th century construction of the Beach Road)
its inaccessibility, combined with a lack of shelter and cultivable soils, has
meant that it has escaped more recent occupation or development. It therefore
preserves a remarkable variety of archaeological sites from early prehistory
(c.8000 BC) onwards, representing evidence for habitation, fortification,
farming and industry. There are also archaeological remains in the waters
surrounding the island - over 150 shipwrecks are already recorded. Most of the
island's archaeology is well documented from detailed survey in the 1980s and
1990s.
Cairns are funerary monuments found typically on the upland moors of south
west England, northern Britain and Wales. They generally have mounds of earth
and small stones covering one or more burials which associated artefacts have
identified as being of Bronze Age date (2000-700 BC). Cairns are often
conspicuously sited and may be found close to other contemporary monument
classes, such as standing stones.
The cairns on Lundy together constitute an especially important group. They
survive in a landscape which has been little altered since prehistoric times
and they can therefore be clearly seen and understood in terms of the
topographic setting in which they were built.

The cairn 300m south west of Tibbett's Lookout is well preserved, despite some
disturbance by an excavation, surviving under a cover of moorland turf. The
monument will contain evidence for the method of construction of the cairn and
the burial practices of those who used it. There will also be evidence for the
environmental conditions prevalent at the time.

Source: Historic England

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