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Monument Number 442519

Hob Uid: 442519
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6349079190
Summary : Cairn and possible Cist: Alleged cist-natural feature.
More information : SX 63507920) Cairn (NR) (1)

There are two cairns just above Archerton where the "trackway"
(LIN 150) bends (see plan). The westerly cairn is 6 yards
diameter; the other is 5 yards diameter and contains the remains
of a cist. (2)

At SX 63507920 on Chittaford Down is a mutilated cairn, 6.0m. in
diameter and 0.4m. in height. Five stones which protrude through
the turf may be the remains of a peristalith.

There is no other cairn in the immediate vicinity and Prowse's
easterly cairn is probably that recorded as SX 67 NW .

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD. (3)

SX 63507915 A turf covered cairn hollowed and badly mutilated is 0.4m high and 7.0m in diameter (4).

Sx 63497919. On a gentle NE facing slope of Chittaford Down about 415m OD in an area of rough grassland are the remains of a cairn, visible as a turf covered stony mound.
The NE quadrant is robbed out but around the rest of the periphery are parts of a kerb of small boulders, some set on edge and giving a diameter of 6.5m NW-SE. The cairn has a maximum height of 0.6m in the SW quadrant, but elsewhere the interior is badly robbed.
An upright stone about 1m SW of the centre may be the NW end stone of a cist. It is 0.4m wide NE-SW, 0.1m thick and protrudes 0.1m from the turf, with a slight hollow to the SE.
From the NE southwards around to the SW there appears to be a slight outer platform almost certainly debris from robbing.
Prowses (2) map is accurate and shows this cairn in its correct position. He also mentions another cairn `5 yards in diameter' which contains `the remains of a cist'. This is annotated `Kistraen' on this map about 40m ENE of the above.
There is no cairn or cist in this area but (contra Auth 3) at SX 63537921 (the position of the Kistrean) is a large partly turf covered flat slab, 1.5m NE-SW by 0.5m wide and about 0.1m thick, resting on another stone within a hollow and surrounded by an earthen mound. The whole is a large outcrop of rock which has been split bt stone cutters ( their weathered chisel marks can be seen along the edges of the slab), leaving this slab like piece.
The hollow is caused by digging to obtain access to the store and dumped around its upper side forming an apparently excavated mound with cist in the centre.
There is no doubt from plan position and appearance on the ground that this must have been (understandably) mistaken by Prowse as a cairn and cist (5).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T Devon Ass 23 1891 314 plan (A B Prowse)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JGB 08-SEP-78
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME App Dartmoor 1985 (RAF 540/483/4047-8 14-APR-51)
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 23-AUG-1989, IS Sainsbury.
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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 : Cairn
Evidence : Natural Feature
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Cist
Evidence : Natural Feature

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX67NW001
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX67NW001-01
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 34488
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 67 NW 4
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 NW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-09-08
End Date : 1978-09-08
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 NW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1989-08-23
End Date : 1989-08-23