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HER Number:MDV13023
Name:Ruined cist on Shovel Down, 330 metres east-north-east off Stonetor Hill

Summary

A mutilated cist situated amongst peat cuttings on the moderate west slope of Shovel Down first recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1978. Only the northern endstone, 0.6 metres long, remains in situ on the edge of a hollow 1.1 metres north-south by 0.9 metres and 0.2 metres deep. An irregular slab 0.15 metres thick, probably the disturbed coverstone, lies propped up on the endstone. There is no trace of a covering cairn (1991 survey data).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 652 856
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 75
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/98
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 443684

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX68NE75 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV256000.

(25/7/1978) At SX 6527 8563 there is a mutilated cist; it is situated on a south west facing slope in open moorland at 1350 feet OD. The remains consist of an earthfast thin-slab 0.6 metres long by 0.3 metres high set on the north side of a rectangular depression 1.0 metre by 0.8 metres by 0.2 metres deep. Another stone just protrudes through the peat in this hollow. A capstone 1.0 metres by 0.9 metres by 0.15 metres thick lies at an angle and partly supported by the cist slab; it has become earthfast on the north west side. There is no mound or surrounding bank. Located during field
investigation. See photographs. Surveyed at 1:2500.


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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1947 photos.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143990 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(Visited 1997) A single edge-set stone oriented at 275 degrees with a large slab resting on its downslope side. The upright slab is at the northern end of a hollow measuring 1.2 metres by 1.0 metres. Capstone measures 1.1 metres by 1.0 metre by 0.2 metres thick. North-west of cist is elongated bank, 4.0 metres by 2.0 metres by 0.4 metres high.


Probert, S. A. J., 1991, Shovel Down Survey (Report - Survey). SDV359365.

(14/8/1991) SX 6528 8563. A mutilated cist situated amongst peat cuttings on the moderate west slope of Shovel Down. Only the northern endstone, 0.6 metres long, remains in situ on the edge of a hollow 1.1 metres north-south by 0.9 metres and 0.2 metres deep. An irregular slab 0.15 metres thick, probably the disturbed coverstone, lies propped up on the endstone. There is no trace of a covering cairn. (see Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England survey 'Shovel Down' at 1:2500 scale).


Agricultural Development Advisory Service, 1995, ADAS Record Sheet (Report - Survey). SDV255997.

Visited 13/2/1995. Condition stable.


Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Remains of the cist possibly visible on this aerial photograph; a roughly rectangular area can be identified.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV255997Report - Survey: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. 1995. ADAS Record Sheet. Agricultural Development Advisory Service. Unknown.
SDV256000Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX68NE75. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143990.
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.
SDV359365Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Shovel Down Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #119030 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV13027Related to: Cairn on Shovel Down, 370 metres east-north-east off Stonetor Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2019 10:19AM