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Round cairn 570m west of Stoneyhurst

A Scheduled Monument in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7067 / 50°42'24"N

Longitude: -3.9128 / 3°54'46"W

OS Eastings: 265031.622561

OS Northings: 91419.028893

OS Grid: SX650914

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.9W2X

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P6.PFY

Entry Name: Round cairn 570m west of Stoneyhurst

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1999

Last Amended: 24 September 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017286

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28706

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a round cairn situated on the lower east facing slope of
Cosdon Hill. The cairn measures 8m long by 7m wide and stands up to 0.7m high.
Two trenches cut into mound are the result of robbing or partial early

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.

Despite evidence for partial excavation, the round cairn 570m west of
Stoneyhurst survives comparatively well and contains important archaeological
and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in
which it was built. The cairn lies within a coaxial field system in close
proximity to a small settlement.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX69SE7, (1981)

Source: Historic England

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