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HER Number:MDV6304
Name:Cist on Royal Hill

Summary

A cairn with cist on Royal Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 620 723
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stones of Bronze Age cairn with cist, one of several on Royal Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/57
  • 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

Burnard, R., 1890, Notes on Dartmoor Kistvaens, 205-6 (Article in Serial). SDV265355.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Marked on map as 'Kistvaen'.


Worth, R. H., 1908, 27th Report of the Barrow Committee, 85, figure (Article in Serial). SDV265354.

Cist, where one side and both ends remain in place, the other side stone leans somewhat outwards. Surrounding the cist is an incomplete circle of stones, similar to the retaining circle of a barrow. Previously opened. Other details: 85 figure ?.


Worth, R. H., 1928, 47th Report of the Barrow Committee, 77 (Article in Serial). SDV345669.

Other details: plate 5 figure 2.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1980, SX67SW34 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV261769.

Royal Hill, central, Princetown. This disarrangement of one side stone in many cists may be due to the position of the levering bar used to remove the cover stone. No sign of cover stone here. Condition of whole feature is very good, and there is much evidence of the earthen barrow and retaining circle. Cairn measures 7.0 meters in diameter, and 0.4 meters high. The cist measures 0.6 meters deep by 0.85 meters by 0.7 meters. 29/8/1950
On the lower south-east slope of Royal Hill at 380 meters above sea level (at SX62077231) is the remains of a cist within a cairn 6.4 meters in diameter and 0.6 meters high. An incomplete kerb around the cairn is 5.3 meters in diameter externally, and 0.6 meters high. The cist is central, aligned north-west by south-east and measures 0.95 meters by 0.8 meters and 0.6 meters deep with no cover stone. Possible traces of a smaller second kerb 0.9 meters inside the former are visible on the north-east though the condition of the cairn makes this uncertain. 5/2/1980 Other details: Plan.


National Monuments Record, 1969, NMR SX6273, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV261771.


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

Cairn with the remains of retaining circle, enclosing cist placed south-east by north-west. Cairn is on the south-east side of Royal Hill, and measures 5.2 meters in diameter, and 0.5 meters in height. (Visited 19/7/1974) Other details: Lydford 89.


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

Cairn or barrow visible.


Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV261774.

A cairn and cist on the south-east side of Royal Hill, one of four cairns along the 380 meter contour and intervisible with two others. The cairn is about 7.5 meters in diameter, 0.6 meters high, with a flattish top. There are traces of an inner kerb 4.5 meters in diameter, and an outer one 5.7 meters across comprising boulders and slabs, the largest 1.5 meters long, 0.6 meters high, and 0.2 meters thick. The interior of the central cist is about 0.8 meters square with four stories up to 0.25 meters thick and 0.6 meters deep but the southern one overlaps the sides, is 1.0 meter long, and gives the cist its north-west to south-east alignment. This and the two end stones incline inwards; the north one inclines slightly outwards. There is no cover stone.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 75 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform cairn with a ring of kerb stones, measuring 5.0 meters in diameter internally, enclosing a flat-topped cairn 0.4 meters high with central cist. Other details: E21.


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: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 75.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1980. SX67SW34. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. NMR SX6273. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1.
  • Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1908. 27th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. Digital. 85, figure.
  • Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1890. Notes on Dartmoor Kistvaens. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. A5 Hardback. 205-6.
  • 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.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • 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. 77.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2017 10:57AM