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HER Number:MDV12967
Name:Cairn and cist 593 meters north-east of Nun's Cross, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Cairn and cist adjacent to the Devonport Leat, north-east of Nun’s Cross. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 607 704
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of a section of the late 18th century Devonport Leat running from Nun's Cross to Princetown including extensive tinning remains at Whiteworks Tin Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW77
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/89
  • Pastscape: 443464
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CIST (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 74, E19 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 5.1 meters internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.7 meters high with central cist. A modern bank runs north/south on western edge. Other details: e19.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 222, Map 64, Figure 64.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Foxtor Mires W. cairn at SX60767047 of 5.0 metres diameter by 0.5 metres high with a cist. A close set retaining circle with stones not quite in contact surrounds the base of the mound and central cist. One of the overgrown slabs alongside the cist was probably the cover and the edges of others showing through the surface seem to be arranged in an inner ring around it.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345751.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Cairn shown on survey.

Welch, B. + Welch, T., 2013, Platform cairn and cist 539 metres north-east of Nun’s Cross Farm (Worksheet). SDV356499.

Overlooking the Fox Tor Mires and the Swincombe Valley, 539 metres north-east of Nun’s Cross Farm sited on a gentle slope situated 15 metres below the existing Devonport Leat.
The platform cairn and cist is intersected at a tangent on its western edge by a disused leat which runs in a north-south direction.
The top platform area of the cairn measures 6.4 metres in diameter. On the southern and eastern circumference of the cairn there can be seen seven visible orthostats, which retain this raised part of the cairn. These orthostats vary slightly in size, the average height of these being 0.75 metres.
The centrally positioned cist measures 0.8 metres in length, 0.5 metres in width and 0.6 metres in depth. A half-buried and part vegetation-covered sloping slab near to the cist might possibly be the capstone of the cist.
On the northern side there is a certain amount of disruption to the shape of the cairn created from spoil which was dug out during the construction of the disused leat.

Welch, B. + Welch, T., 2013, Survey drawing of cairn and cist north-east of Nun's Cross (Plan - measured). SDV356500.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443464, SX67SW77 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 9th August 1977. At SX 60767047 on an east-facing slope at approximately 390 metres OD south-west of Whiteworks, is a cairn circle and cist. The overall diameter of the cairn is 6.0 metres with a hight of 0.8 metres. Seven large orthostats of the retaining circle remain in situ on the south and south-east sides. The cist is entirely below ground level to a depth of 0.7 metres and measures 1.0 metre by 0.6 metres. The two endstones and two sidestones are visible; a stone which may be the coverstone lies on the ground to one side.
Field Investigation on 6th June 1988. At SX 60767047. A cairn and cist, situated on a steep east facing moorland slope above For Tor Mires. The cairn, 7.6 metres west to east by 7.0 metres north to south and 0.6 metres high has been mutilated by a leat on its western margin. A well preserved kerb is visible on the north, east and west sides with a maximum height of 0.8 metres.
The cist, orientated roughly east-north-east to west-south-west is slightly to the north of centre of the cairn and is formed by four upright granite slabs. At the surface it measures 0.8 metres by 0.6 metres, with the componant slabs tapering outwards, beneath ground, to give a bottom measurement of 1.0 metre by 0.7 metres at a depth of 0.7 metres. There is no obvious coverstone in the region of the cairn.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn Circle & Cist' shown on modern mapping.

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. 74, E19.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 222, Map 64, Figure 64.4.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345751Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital. [Mapped feature: #80717 ]
SDV356499Worksheet: Welch, B. + Welch, T.. 2013. Platform cairn and cist 539 metres north-east of Nun’s Cross Farm. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV356500Plan - measured: Welch, B. + Welch, T.. 2013. Survey drawing of cairn and cist north-east of Nun's Cross. Unknown. Plan.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443464, SX67SW77.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV26004Related to: Field system around Whiteworks (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8630 - Fox Tor Newtake Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 15 2021 11:30AM