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HER Number:MDV18403
Name:Possible cist and prehistoric wall on Royal Hill


A possible cist attached to a length of prehistoric wall on Royal Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 626 722
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Group of clearance cairns, possibly prehistoric in origin, with a possible Bronze Age cist and prehistoric length of wall, east of Royal Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 620010
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/126
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • WALL (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Site visit to cairns on Royal Hill (Site Visit). SDV263708.

A possible cist attached to a length of prehistoric wall. One large slab 1.4 metres by 1.1 metres, also a thin slab on edge 0.15 metres thick, 0.80 metres wide.

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

Not visible.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Survey of sites east of Royal Hill (Report - Survey). SDV263616.

The suggested cist is at SX62637225, beside a length of bank and with numerous earthfast stones in visibility. The primary feature is a rectilinear slab 1.5 metres long, 1.2 metres wide and 0.1 metres thick. Its north-east corner rests upon a thin embedded stone, about 0.8 metres long and 0.1 metres high, and the slab is thus raised from the surface. No pit or other stones can be felt in the limited space beneath. A shallow pit 0.7 metres across, has been dug near the north-west corner and at a short distance is a part buried 0.4 metre square slab which may be displaced from a similar gap in the adjacent bank. The impression gained is that, being similar to a coverstone, the large slab has been moved in the false expectation of a cist beneath.
The bank, 65 metres long, extends from SX62617229 to SX62637223, down a moderate south-western slope. It is 1.5 metres to 1.9 metres wide, 0.25 metres high, and composed of small turf covered stones (any larger ones may have been taken to augment ragged heaps of gathered stone that lie in the area). The bank terminates abruptly at the north-west, but fades at the south-western end and is probably an isolated remnant of prehistoric field system.

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, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

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

National Monuments Record, 2010, 620010 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV263615.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV263615National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 620010. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV263616Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Survey of sites east of Royal Hill. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV263708Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Site visit to cairns on Royal Hill. Worksheet. Digital.
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.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82227 ]
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV18401Related to: Cairns east of Royal Hill (Monument)
MDV26100Related to: Leat east of Royal Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 10:34AM