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HER Number:MDV12954
Name:Round cairn and cist 160 metres south-west of Crow Tor

Summary

A disturbed kerbed cairn and cist on the south-western slope of Crow Tor, comprising a low spread stony mound containing a granite cist with four sides surviving and a displaced capstone.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 605 786
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 NW 73
  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW73
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/67
  • Old SAM Ref: 28708
  • Pastscape: 442724
  • Pastscape: 442724

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • KERB CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1901, Seventh Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 136 (Article in Serial). SDV249499.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 147, Lydford 41 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited 12/6/1976 Cairn measures 4.5 metres in diameter, 0.3 metres high, with retaining circle enclosing cist. Capstone to north-east. Scraper found inside.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1951 Royal Air Force aerial photograph.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 76/E39 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of kerbstones, 3.3 metres internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.5 metres high, with central cist. Western side of cairn has been removed.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149076, 19/6/1998 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Round cairn and cist 160 metres south-west of Crow Tor. Diameter 4.7 metres, height 0.4 metres. Cist 1.04 metres by 0.96 metres by 0.6 metres deep. Oriented west-north-west. The north side of the cairn survives very well. The southern side has been robbed, but the fallen kerb stones remain.
Within the cairn is a large cist. Large cover slab which has been displaced and now lies slightly overlapping the south corner of the cist measures 1.5 metres by 1.35 metres by 0.27 metres thick and is leaning at an angle of 36 degrees from the horizontal. Lies just outside the Merrivale live firing range.


Butler, J., 1997, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities - Vol 5 The Second Millennium B.C., 196, Fig 139. (Monograph). SDV320503.

Surveyed by Butler.


Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey, 30/11/2004 (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey visit. The cairn and cist are in a stable condition in an area of short grass.


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

A disturbed kerbed cairn and cist on the south-western slope of Crow Tor, comprising a low spread stony mound containing a granite cist with four sides surviving and a displaced capstone.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 1978, 1994 (Website). SDV360651.

No cist could be found in this area. The slopes of Crow Tor are covered with scree (citing Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments, 14/9/1978).
A kerbed cairn and cist is located at the edge of a clitter field to the south west of Crow Tor on a gentle, south west-facing slope at SX 60526 78677. The cairn consists of a stony, turf-covered mound, and measures 4.5 metres in diameter and 0.45 metres in height. There are traces of a retaining kerb of leaning, granite slabs to the northeast and south. The cist is set slightly to the north of the centre of the cairn. It is trapezoidal in shape, and measures 0.65 metres and 0.95 metres in length, 0.8 metres in width, and 0.5 metres in depth. The cover-stone, which is 0.9 metres long, 0.5 metres wide and 0.2 metres thick, is displaced and lies just to the south east of the cist, not the north-east as suggested by Grinsell (1978) (citing Riley, H. M., 5/7/1994, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 76/E39.
SDV249499Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1901. Seventh Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 136.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 147, Lydford 41.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149076, 19/6/1998.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320503Monograph: Butler, J.. 1997. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities - Vol 5 The Second Millennium B.C.. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities. V. Paperback Volume. 196, Fig 139..
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. 30/11/2004.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 1978, 1994.
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. [Mapped feature: #112906 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5938Related to: Scraper found in cist at Crow Tor (Find Spot)

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:Aug 10 2018 12:26PM