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HER Number:MDV7519
Name:Cairn north of Kingshead Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor

Summary

Prehistoric cairn with a central cist on the eastern slope of Hamel Down to the north of Kingshead farmstead

Location

Grid Reference:SX 710 783
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn with a central cist on Hamel Down to the north of Kingshead farmstead

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445062
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/81
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77NW12
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 401 BC (Between))
  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1935, Fifty-fourth Report on Barrows, 77 (Article in Serial). SDV346265.

Barrow with cist. A kistvaen on eastern slope of Hamel Down. Three sidestones are standing. Coverstone measures 4 foot.5 inches (1.36 metres) long by 1 foot.6 inches (0.46 metres) wide. Kist lies in a cairn 24 feet (7.31 metres) in diameter. Other details: Plan and Illustration.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77NW12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346266.

The cist lies in a heather covered cairn and is orientated north-east to south-west. It has a maximum height of 0.5 metres and with one retaining stone in the north-west quadrant. All four sides of the cist remain though one has sunk and is partly covered with earth. The capstone is incomplete and only partly covers the cavity.


Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 173 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Kistvaen on the south-east slope of Hamel Down.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 176 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 28th september 1975. Cairn enclosing a cist placed south-west to north-east with a capstone over the north-east part. Diameter 9.0 metres by 0.5 metres high.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 1069 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX77NW (Cartographic). SDV345445.

Not visible on 1946 aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 149 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Cairn circa 10 metres diameter by 0.5 metres high 20 metres east of the ridgeway track as it descends the hill from Hameldown Beacon. Three sides of an empty cist are exposed, partly covered by a capstone across the north end. The margin is very irregular where the cairn has been dug into from the sides but a single earthfast slab may be the remnant of a retaining circle. Other details: Map 20 Site 15.


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

Cairn north of Kingshead was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 77.


Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.


National Monuments Record, 2011, 445062 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346267.

The site of a barrow with a cist.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Cist' shown on modern mapping as a rectilinear feature in the centre of a sub-circular feature with a kerb around the south-east side. Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 176.
  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 149.
  • Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 1069.
  • Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 173.
  • Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX77NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77NW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 445062. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1935. Fifty-fourth Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 67. A5 Hardback. 77.
  • Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV26873Related to: Open cut on Hamel Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2015 1:49PM