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Dartmoor cairns project completed

Posted 19 October 2010
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Dartmoor cairns project completed
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Those who like to go walking on Dartmoor may appreciate the work undertaken to repair ancient cairns on the various summits of the national park's hills, which has been concluded after five years.

A partnership between the national park authority and volunteers from the Dartmoor Preservation Association and English Heritage began work on surveying the mainly bronze-age structures in 2005, with the first checks being carried out on Ugborough Moor.

Over the period of the project a total of 49 cairns have been inspected and 31 repaired, which has allowed English Heritage to take them off its at-risk register.

The park authority has now confirmed work at the last of the monuments - Cawsand Beacon - has been completed.

Visitors putting on their fleeces and walking across Dartmoor may note a large number of old buildings, cairns and standing stones.

There are 1,208 ancient monuments in the national park, more than in any other such area in Britain, with the North York Moors second on 846.

Posted by Dan Mirza