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HER Number:MDV12967
Name:Cairn and cist 593 meters north-east of Nun's Cross

Summary

Cairn and cist adjacent to the Devonport Leat, north-east of Nun’s Cross. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 607 704
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/89
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CIST (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX67SW77 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV237595.

A cairn circle and cist. Overall diameter measures 6.0 meters, height 0.8 meters. Seven large orthostats of the circle remain. The cist is below ground level, depth 0.7 meters, length 1.0 meters by 0.6 meters. Two end stones and two side stones visible, a possible cover stone nearby. Other details: photo/plan.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible.


Probert, S. A. J., 1988, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV237596.

Cairn and cist, situated on a steep east facing moorland slope above Fox Tor Mires. The cairn, 7.6 meters west-east by 7.0 meters north-south and 0.6 meters high has been mutilated by a leat on its western margin. A well preserved kerb is visible on the north, east and west sides with a maximum height of 0.8 meters. The cist, orientated roughly east-north-east by west-south-west is slightly to the north of centre of the cairn and is formed by four upright granite slabs. A t the surface it measures 0.8 meters by 0.6 meters, with the component slabs tapering outwards, beneath ground, to give a bottom measurement of 1.0 meters by 0.7 meters at a depth of 0.7 meters. There is no obvious cover stone in the region of the cairn.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 74 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 5.1 meters internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.7 meters high with central cist. A modern bank runs north/south on western edge. Other details: e19.


GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345751.

Map object based on this Source.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.


Welch, B. + Welch, T., 2013, Platform cairn and cist 539 metres north-east of Nun’s Cross Farm (Worksheet). SDV356499.

Overlooking the Fox Tor Mires and the Swincombe Valley, 539 metres north-east of Nun’s Cross Farm sited on a gentle slope situated 15 metres below the existing Devonport Leat.
The platform cairn and cist is intersected at a tangent on its western edge by a disused leat which runs in a north-south direction.
The top platform area of the cairn measures 6.4 metres in diameter. On the southern and eastern circumference of the cairn there can be seen seven visible orthostats, which retain this raised part of the cairn. These orthostats vary slightly in size, the average height of these being 0.75 metres.
The centrally positioned cist measures 0.8 metres in length, 0.5 metres in width and 0.6 metres in depth. A half-buried and part vegetation-covered sloping slab near to the cist might possibly be the capstone of the cist.
On the northern side there is a certain amount of disruption to the shape of the cairn created from spoil which was dug out during the construction of the disused leat.


Welch, B. + Welch, T., 2013, Survey drawing of cairn and cist north-east of Nun's Cross (Plan - measured). SDV356500.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 74.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX67SW77. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1988. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
  • Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
  • Worksheet: Welch, B. + Welch, T.. 2013. Platform cairn and cist 539 metres north-east of Nun’s Cross Farm. Worksheet. Digital.
  • Plan - measured: Welch, B. + Welch, T.. 2013. Survey drawing of cairn and cist north-east of Nun's Cross. Unknown. Plan.

Associated Monuments

MDV26004Related to: Field system around Whiteworks (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 14 2014 3:29PM