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Cairn 325m north 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: 51.1875 / 51°11'15"N

Longitude: -4.6689 / 4°40'8"W

OS Eastings: 213585.439334

OS Northings: 146529.013708

OS Grid: SS135465

Mapcode National: GBR GTVK.244

Mapcode Global: VH2S4.1F30

Entry Name: Cairn 325m north west of Tibbett's Lookout, Lundy

Scheduled Date: 17 June 1970

Last Amended: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016019

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27638

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 large cairn 325m north west of Tibbet's Lookout. The
cairn is 20m in diameter and stands 0.7m high making it one of the larger
burial cairns on Lundy. A stone kerb is visible on the south west and south
east sides. A hollow in the centre of the mound may be the result of an
excavation, although no details are 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 is larger and more elaborately constructed than other examples on
Lundy. It is a kerbed cairn and it survives well despite having been disturbed
by excavation in the past. The interior of the mound will contain evidence of
the construction methods and burial practices of the builders, as well as the
environmental conditions prevalent at the time.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Langham, A, Archaeology of Lundy, (1972), 21
Other
Title: Ordnance Survey 6"
Source Date: 1903
Author:
Publisher:
Surveyor:

Source: Historic England

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