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Monument Number 439697

Hob Uid: 439697
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX5883107938
Summary : An undug area of peat, with a few protruding natural slabs, once thought to be a Bronze Age barrow.
More information : Scheduled ancient monument No 596. Round barrow north of Conie's Down Tor (1) at SX 58897939 (2). (1-2)

There is no barrow or cairn at or to the north of Conies Down
Tor. At SX 58807914 an elongated rock outcrop 22.5m by 9.0m and
0.7m high has been encroached upon by turf, and may have been
mistaken for a barrow/cairn.

Conies Down has been subjected to intensive peat digging and
on the summit, at SX 58837938 there is an untouched area of
peat, 25.0m across and 0.8m high.

It is certainly not a barrow. On its north east perimeter
there is a cist-like structure aligned northeast/southwest.
The edges of three slabs protrude 0.3m from the turf, producing
a cist plan with maximum internal measurements of 1.7m by 1.0m
with a buried stone which might be a cover stone.

Some points of doubt arise, however. Firstly, the cist has not been
dug out; which is unusual. Secondly, there is a splaying of the
side stones; and although this could be the result of pressure
from the external build up of peat, it seems unlikely. Thirdly,
there is no visible end stone on the east side.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:50.

See ground photograph. (3)

Doubt on the authenticity of this site is cast by Grinsell. (4)

There is no barrow on the summit plateau north of Conies Down Tor. The area has been extensively disturbed by peat cutting, as described by authority (3). The alleged cist appears to be no more than a natural feature, with no obvious mound structure. (5)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE (IAM) List of AM's 1978 41
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Source : Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology : Sites and Monuments Register and Parish Check Lists
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Page(s) : 43
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Vol(s) : 5, 1979
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 30-OCT-79
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Source Number : 4
Source : Dartmoor barrows
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Page(s) : 146
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Vol(s) : 36, 1978
Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RILEY HM 11-JUL-1994 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : SX 57 NE/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Barrow, Cist
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
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Monument Type : Natural Feature
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Admiralty Chart
External Cross Reference Number : DV 596
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 22221
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX57NE/14
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 NE 44
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 57 NE 43
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1979-10-30
End Date : 1979-10-30
Associated Activities : DARTMOOR ROYAL FOREST PROJECT
Activity type : FIELD SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-06-01
End Date : 1996-06-01