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Monument Number 440050

Hob Uid: 440050
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Walkhampton
Grid Ref : SX5548074760
Summary : A very fine Bronze Age cist which measures internally 2.2 metres long by 0.9 metres wide and up to 0.8 metres deep. The triangular-shaped slab which forms the massive cover stone is up to 2.1metres wide and averages 0.4 metres thick; a central part has been removed by stone cutters revealing the water-filled cist and a broken fragment of the coverslab. A low, spread curvilinear turf-covered mound up to 0.5 metres high and 3.0 metres across on the west side is probably the remains of a cairn. Scheduled.
More information : (SX 55487476) Cist (NR). (1)

A cist, 7 ft x 2 ft 9 ins, with the remains of a mutilated
coverstone. A flint scraper, a flint flake and a polishing stone
were found in the cist in 1895. (2)

Cist. Slight trace of mound. (3)

A massive cist, 2.0m. long, 0.8m. wide and 0.8m. deep within which, resting at an angle, is a slab 0.9m. long, 0.6m. wide and 0.1m. thick. This may be part of the cist, although the sides and ends seem complete, or a subsequent insertion. The coverstone was 2.8m. long, from 0.6m. to 2.0m. wide and 0.4m. thick has been drill split and a section removed (see photograph). There are traces of an earth mound on the west side, but if a cairn ever existed over the cist it has been entirely removed.

Sureyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:100 (see illustration). (4)

The cairn once covering the cist, at 2.2m long one of the largest on the moor, is now reduced to a slight bank around its western side. The cist was already exposed and no doubt emptied by the time of Bray's visit in 1802 but otherwise seems to have been intact until 1870, when the huge cover slab was split across the centre to make a pair of gateposts, 'by the occupants of the neighbouring public house' according to Baring-Gould, and another was cut from the western side slab. The latter was returned to its position and the separated halves of the cover slab replaced over the cavity by the Exploration Committee in 1895, the excavators recovering two flints and a 'polishing stone' from the interior during the reconstruction. (5

A very fine cist which measures internally 2.2m long by 0.9m wide and up to 0.8m deep. The triangular-shaped slab which forms the massive coverstone is up to 2.1m wide and averages 0.4m thick, a central part has been removed by stone cutters revealing a water-filled cist and a fragment of the coverslab.

A low, spread curvilinear turf-covered mound up to 0.5m high and 3.0m across on the west side is probably the remains of a cairn; elsewhere there is evidence of disturbance to the moorland peat layer. Surveyed at 1:200 scale (6).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : plan
Page(s) : 85-6
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Vol(s) : 7, 1895
Source Number : 3
Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : Corr 6" (A Fox 1953)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 10-JAN-80
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1994 The Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities 3 The South-West map 44
Page(s) : 30
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Fletcher M 30-OCT-1999 English Heritage Field Investigation
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Source : Merrivale Guardianship Area/Report
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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 : Cist, Cairn
Evidence : Structure, Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 13
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 333
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 24193
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 SE 10
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 440345
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 440345
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : MERIVALE BRIDGE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1894-01-01
End Date : 1894-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 57 SE 10
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-01-10
End Date : 1980-01-10
Associated Activities : MERRIVALE GUARDIANSHIP AREA : ENGLISH HERITAGE SURVEY PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1999-10-01
End Date : 2000-02-21