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HER Number:MDV12809
Name:Alleged cist on Conies Down


Possible cist site recorded in 1980 but has not been located since. Not found in 2018 survey and is thought to be unlikely site.


Grid Reference:SX 581 796
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE100
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/57
  • Pastscape: 1065232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) CIST? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Lynch, E., 1980, Possible cist, Oct 1980 (Worksheet). SDV278204.

A possible kistvaen measuring 1.3 metres by 0.8 - 1.0 metre approximately. One long side in-situ, and capstone visible: the rest of the cist is disturbed. Around the cist are four or five stones visible, perhaps remains of a retaining kerb of diameter of approximately 2.8 metres.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

28/2/1992 Potential local importance. Could not be found during Monument Protection Programme visit, but lack of fixed points makes navigation difficult. Not recommended for scheduling.

Radcliffe, W., 2004, Site visit to site (Worksheet). SDV278206.

Cist not found in 2004.

Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation, 8, Table 3 (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

1065232: The site of an alleged cist. No ground evidence (included in list of sites previously recorded but not recorded in this survey either because not located, natural features, non-antiquities or duplicates).

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

No cist could be found in this area. At SX 58167968 are several granite blocks which may have been mistaken for a cist (citing Riley, H. M., 21/09/1994, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV278204Worksheet: Lynch, E.. 1980. Possible cist. Worksheet. Digital. Oct 1980.
SDV278206Worksheet: Radcliffe, W.. 2004. Site visit to site. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. [Mapped feature: #4688 ]
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. 8, Table 3.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Jul 31 2018 3:48PM