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HER Number:MDV4272
Name:Cist 430 metres east-south-east of Yealm Steps

Summary

Stone cist situated on the eastern edge of a large stone hut circle settlement, lying on a south-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Yealm. The cist survives as a 0.68 metres long and 0.22 metres wide rectangular area defined on the north and west by upright stone slabs standing up to 0.6 metres high and on the east by a two small stones protruding through the turf. There is no trace of a cairn mound, but the old ground surface beneath this may survive as a buried feature.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 621 635
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/31
  • Old SAM County Ref: 460
  • Old SAM Ref: 24103(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1939, 58th Report on Barrows, )70 pl.5 (Article in Serial). SDV266637.

Yealm Valley north of Renny Brook. About 30 metres south-south-east from the south-east angle of a pound with hut circles and 240 metres north of the Renny Brook is a small ruined kistvaen. The east and south endstone still stand, while a partially sunken stone may be the displaced western side. Direction of length north 24 degrees west. About 130 metres south-south-east from the kist is a small cairn and a little further a retaining circle which does not seem to be associated with a kist. (Plan given).


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1977, SX66SW29, Sketch plan included (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV165378.

Possible kist. North and west sides still standing with possible remains of eastern side still visible. There is no sign of barrow or of retaining circle. The reference to east and west sides, and south end by Worth is wholly wrong (31/3/1950).
The north end stone and west stone survive. Worth's survey transposes north and south (5/8/1977).


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 136 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited 31/8/1975. Cairn placed south-south-east / north-north-west. No sign of a cairn.


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

Not visible on National Monuments Record aerial photographs.


Gerrard, S., 1992-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133113, 1993 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Cist situated on east edge of a large stone hut circle settlement. Survives as a 0.68 metres by 0.22 metres rectangular area defined on the north and west by upright stone slabs standing up to 0.6 metres high and on the east by a two small stones protruding through the turf. There is no trace of a cairn mound, but this may survive as a buried feature.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Depicted on the modern mapping. Map object based on this source.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England, 1008646 (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

The cist 430m ESE of Yealm Steps survives comparatively well and lies in close proximity to a large, broadly contemporary settlement.
This monument includes a stone cist situated on the eastern edge of a large stone hut circle settlement, lying on a south-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Yealm. The cist survives as a 0.68m long and 0.22m wide rectangular area defined on the north and west by upright stone slabs standing up to 0.6m high and on the east by a two small stones protruding through the turf. There is no trace of a cairn mound, but the old ground surface beneath this may survive as a buried feature.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1977. SX66SW29. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Sketch plan included.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1939. 58th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 71. A4 Bound. )70 pl.5.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 136.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1992-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133113, 1993.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. 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.
  • National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1008646.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 4:26PM