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Cairn 100m north of Halfway Wall, Lundy

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1825 / 51°10'56"N

Longitude: -4.6679 / 4°40'4"W

OS Eastings: 213631.518

OS Northings: 145966.071731

OS Grid: SS136459

Mapcode National: GBR GTVK.GKF

Mapcode Global: VH2S4.1JLW

Entry Name: Cairn 100m north of Halfway Wall, Lundy

Scheduled Date: 17 June 1970

Last Amended: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017918

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31771

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 100m north of Halfway Wall. The cairn is about
0.11m high at the centre and is about 10m in diameter. There is evidence of a
kerb to the south west and lynchets run out from the cairn's southern side in
westerly direction, and two or three others fan out from its northern side.
The cairn was partly excavated in 1963 revealing flints and Early Iron Age
pottery. The lynchets are not included in the scheduling beyond the cairn and
its protective margin.

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 100m north of Halfway Wall survives reasonably well and is known
from part excavation to contain archaeological remains which will provide
evidence for the cairn's construction and use, as well as the environmental
conditions prevalent at the time.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
SMR No 108210, National Trust Sites and Monuments Record - Lundy,

Source: Historic England

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