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HER Number:MDV6245
Name:Cairn on Blakey Tor

Summary

One of two cairns with cists on Blakey Tor, south of Blackbrook River. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 613 735
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Pair of prehistoric cairns with cists north of Royal Hill, south of the Blackbrook River

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/15
  • 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

Duchy of Cornwall, 1818, Map of Freehold and Early Enclosures of Dartmoor (Cartographic). SDV237263.


Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 499 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.


Worth, R. H., 1912, 31st Report of the Barrow Committee, 84 (Article in Serial). SDV233835.


Worth, R. H., 1928, 47th Report of the Barrow Committee (Article in Serial). SDV345669.

Other details: Plate Vi, figure 3.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67SW10 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV237366.

Cist, one of two on Blakey Tor, south of Blackbrook River. There are small remains of an enclosing barrow. The four side stones are massive and the coverstone measures 1.4 meters by 1.2 meters and rests obliquely against the north west corner. The long axis of the cist is aligned north-west by south-east. (citing Prowse, 1901).
Two side-stones and two end-stones remain in position. Coverstone lies at north-west corner of the cist. No sign of a retaining circle. The long axis of the cist is aligned north-north-west by south-south-east. The cist measures 0.9 meters by 0.5 meters by 0.3 meters deep. Condition is good.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 152 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Slight cairn enclosing cist, placed south-south-east by north-north-west, capstone to nnorth-north-west. The cairn measures 6.4 meters in diameter and 0.3 meters in height. More easterly of two cists on Blakey Tor. (19/7/1974)


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

Not visible on Royal Air Force aerial photographs.


Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV237264.

This very well preserved cairn and cist is situated on the slight north slope of a rounded high point once known as Courton Tor (see Duchy of Cornwall, 1818) at 373 meters above sea level (at SX61317355) and has extensive views on all but the south side. It lies amidst a scattered spread of large natural earthfast boulders on a rather uneven peat layer covered by close cropped moorland pasture. The cairn is approximately 4.4 meters by 4.0 meters across and a maximum 0.3 meters high; stone protrudes through the turf but there is no trace of a kerb and its edges are rather ragged. A reed-filled cist is set well into the cairn on a north-north-west by south-south-east axis. The intact chamber measures internally 0.95 meters long, a maximum 0.65 meters wide and 0.45 meters deep; the longest side slab is 1.4 meters by 0.3 meters by 0.45 meters and largest end slab 0.55 meters by 0.2 meters by 0.4 meters. The coverstone against the north-west side of the cist is roughly oval in shape and measures 1.7 meters by 1.3 meters and a maximum 0.25 meters thick.


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.


English Heritage, 2005, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 499.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1912. 31st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 44. Unknown. 84.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67SW10. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
  • Cartographic: Duchy of Cornwall. 1818. Map of Freehold and Early Enclosures of Dartmoor. Unknown.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 152.
  • 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: English Heritage. 2005. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1928. 47th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 60. Unknown.
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV6244Related to: Cairn on Blakey Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 10:24AM