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Round cairn on Long Ridge 800m north east of Teignhead Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Gidleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6467 / 50°38'48"N

Longitude: -3.922 / 3°55'19"W

OS Eastings: 264208.654228

OS Northings: 84766.524282

OS Grid: SX642847

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.FLB5

Mapcode Global: FRA 27NC.KVJ

Entry Name: Round cairn on Long Ridge 800m north east of Teignhead Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 July 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017982

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28666

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Gidleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Widecombe-in-the-Moor St Pancras

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a round cairn situated on the crest of a steep slope
within Langridge Newtake overlooking the valley of the River North Teign. The
cairn survives as a 7m long by 6.2m wide mound standing up to 0.7m high. A
small trench cutting through the centre of the mound may be the result of
partial early excavation or robbing.

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 partial excavation, the round cairn on Long Ridge 800m north east of
Teignhead Farm survives well and contains archaeological and environmental
information relating to this area during the prehistoric period. In
particular, given its prominent location and proximity to a well preserved
coaxial field system, this cairn must have been a significant feature within
this part of Dartmoor landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX68SW152, (1995)

Source: Historic England

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