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HER Number:MDV6213
Name:Gidleigh South Chambered Tomb

Summary

Remains of a small chambered cairn which survives well despite the construction of a modern leat close by. The chamber and associated entrance passage include seven orthostats, two of which form a portalled entrance to the chamber.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 656 885
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/92
  • Old SAM Ref: 34480

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAMBERED TOMB (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))

Full description

Turner, J., 1979, Two Simple Forms of Passage Graves on Gidleigh Common (Un-published). SDV352755.

Located on a gentle eastern slope, the mound has been much robbed. 10 metres long by 6.5 metres wide by 1.0 metre high. The passage is 2.0 metres long by 1.0 metre wide, the entrance restricted by a blocking stone. Only part of the chamber can be traced. Many large stones are buried in the mound.


Turner, J. R., 1980, Chamber Cairns, Gidleigh, 119, Fig. (Article in Serial). SDV234360.

Gidleigh South is located on a terrace 450 metres south-south-west of Gidleigh North. The cairn, only 0.5 metres high may have lost much of its original shape to the construction of a modern leat a few metres to the west. The remains of the passage is still traceable, 2.0 metres long with a pair of transverse stones at the entrance to the chamber. There appear to be a large number of stones buried in the mound. A comparable plan of the cairn passage layout can be found at Les Puades in France.


The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit, 1985, The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV340940.

Not visible on RAF 1947 aerial photo.


Watson, J. + Watson, R. + Kelland, C., 2012-2013, Gidleigh South Chambered Tomb (Plan - measured). SDV352762.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Chambered cairn marked. Map object based on this source.


English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Chambered cairn 830m south of Buttern. The monument includes a chambered cairn situated on an east facing slope of Buttern Hill overlooking the valley of the River Teign. The cairn survives as a 10m long by 6.5m wide mound standing up to 0.6m high. The chamber and associated entrance passage includes seven orthostats standing up to 0.5m high, two of which form a north east facing portaled entrance. Adjacent to the western side of the cairn is a leat bank which measures 3m wide by 0.8m high and the leat itself which is 2.4m wide by 0.6m deep. Despite partial robbing, the chambered cairn 830m south of Buttern survives well and contains important archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was built. Chambered cairns are rare on Dartmoor and this one represents part of a unique cluster of at least three examples.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX68NE74 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234421.

Site visit 18th July 1978. Ruined remains of a small chambered cairn. Located 450 metres south-west of Gidleigh North. Comprises a slight mound, the chamber consisting of seven orthostats. Two form a portalled entrance on the north-east side. The vestigial mound is 0.4 metres high on the north-west and 0.6 metres on the south-east. Several boulders scattered around the base may once have been part of the cairn. It has been disturbed by the construction of a modern leat.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1980. Chamber Cairns, Gidleigh. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 38. Paperback Volume. 119, Fig..
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX68NE74. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
  • Un-published: Turner, J.. 1979. Two Simple Forms of Passage Graves on Gidleigh Common. Digital.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
  • Interpretation: The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit. 1985. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. Map (Paper).
  • Plan - measured: Watson, J. + Watson, R. + Kelland, C.. 2012-2013. Gidleigh South Chambered Tomb. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6212Related to: Gidleigh North Chambered Tomb (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 30 2013 10:09AM