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Round cairn 250m south east of Standon Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Peter Tavy, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6139 / 50°36'50"N

Longitude: -4.0545 / 4°3'16"W

OS Eastings: 254737.275752

OS Northings: 81372.765623

OS Grid: SX547813

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.BNCP

Mapcode Global: FRA 27DF.VM9

Entry Name: Round cairn 250m south east of Standon Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 December 2003

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1021180

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34477

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Peter Tavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

The monument comprises a round cairn situated on a west facing slope of
Standon Hill overlooking the valley of the River Tavy. The cairn survives
as a 4.6m diameter mound standing up to 0.6m high. Edge set stones
protruding up to 0.7m high surrounding the northern and eastern edge of
the mound represent a kerb. A single upright stone within the cairn may
represent the remnants of a second ring of stones.

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

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 early excavation, the round cairn 250m south east of Standon
Farm survives well and contains important archaeological and environmental
information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was built.
The cairn represents a very good example of a small mound with a substantial
kerb and a possible second inner stone ring.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, 'Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities - The Second Millennium B.C.' in Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, , Vol. 5, (1997), 182

Source: Historic England

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