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Cairn on Hurston Ridge 1km north west of Warren House Inn

A Scheduled Monument in Dartmoor Forest, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6211 / 50°37'15"N

Longitude: -3.8814 / 3°52'53"W

OS Eastings: 267005.669003

OS Northings: 81841.132667

OS Grid: SX670818

Mapcode National: GBR Q8.PBP6

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RF.HP4

Entry Name: Cairn on Hurston Ridge 1km north west of Warren House Inn

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020182

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28746

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Dartmoor Forest

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 a ridge between Assycombe Hill
and Water Hill overlooking much of central Dartmoor. The cairn, which is flat-
topped, measures 9m in diameter and stands up to 0.6m high. A recumbent
triangular stone on the north eastern edge of the cairn may have once stood
upright. In 1900 this cairn was investigated by the Dartmoor Exploration
Committee who found below a slab, a large upturned urn covering a charcoal
filled pit.

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.

The cairn on Hurston Ridge 1km north west of Warren House Inn survives
comparatively well and is known from partial excavation to contain important
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX68SE45, (1995)

Source: Historic England

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