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Kerbed Cairn on Alex Tor | by Roy Reed
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Kerbed Cairn on Alex Tor

Kerbed cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds defined by an outer kerb of upright stones or walling covering single or multiple burials.


The cairn survives as a circular stony mound with an overall diameter of 13m and is up to 1.2m high. It utilises part of the natural tor rock outcrop to form the western part of its kerb with an artificial retaining kerb of large inwardly-leaning slabs standing up to 1.4m high completing the eastern part.

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Taken on April 6, 2019