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HER Number:MDV2495
Name:Cairn with off-centre cist on Lee Moor

Summary

A disturbed, turf covered cairn measuring 4.2m north-south by 6.0m and 0.5m high. A cist has been exposed near the eastern fringe of the mound and measures 0.65m by 0.7m and 0.3m deep. The former cover stone is partially buried to the west of the cairn's centre. The ovoid shape of the cairn and the presence of the cist so close to the margin suggests that it has been heavily disturbed with much material removed from the east side and dumped to the west. There is no evidence to suggest the former presence of a kerb.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 585 644
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 5
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/65
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 10638(P)
  • Old SAM Ref: 10639
  • Pastscape: 439118

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1944, 63rd Report on Barrows, 39, plate 2 (Article in Serial). SDV139295.

Previously unrecorded. A barrow 22 feet in diameter and 2 feet high, containing a cist,
approximately 2 feet square, the side and end-stones in place but the cover missing. The western end-stone is inclined inwards. Photograph and plan by Worth of the kisvaen included.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56SE5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV139291.

(22/08/1977) SX 5854 6444. A small round cairn, 5.0m diameter and 0.5m high, on a gentle, well drained, clitter strewn, west facing slope at 355m above OD. It is built of small boulders, now turf covered, and a cist lies within the cairn on the south-east side. The cist comprises the side and end stones, measures internally 0.7m by 0.6m wide, and is aligned on a grid bearing of 130 degrees. The cover-stone is missing. 1:10 000 Survey on PFD.

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

(04/09/1975) Cairn measures 4.5m in diameter, 0.6m high enclosing a cist east of centre. Slab missing since 1944 when it was planned by Worth.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 164, Shaugh Prior 31 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

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

Not recorded in the project.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133391 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Round cairn 6m in diameter by 0.7m high and contains a cist placed eccentrically in its eastern side [2]. Both side and end slabs of the cist are in place. It measures 1.2m long, 0.6m wide and 0.4m deep and the coverstone is missing.
NB: Gerrard's MPP submission appears to transpose SX56SE/65 and SX56SE/396. Above description is attached to SX56SE/396, but description and grid reference match SX56SE/65 (Dick, A. M.).

Ancient Monuments, 1991, Scheduled Monument Notification (Schedule Document). SDV139115.

Cairn lying close to another on a west-facing slope north of Spanish Lake. It consists of a grass and heather covered mound of earth and stone measuring 4m in diameter and 0.5m in height and contains a cist placed eccentrically in its east side. Both side and end slabs of the cist are in place. It measures 1.20m in length, 0.60m in width and 0.40m in depth; the cover stone is missing.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West (Monograph). SDV137656.

Depicted by Butler.

Ancient Monuments, 2000, Schedule details (Schedule Document). SDV164740.

Two round cairns 600m east-north-east of Great Trowlesworthy Tor. Two closely spaced cairns. The northern mound is 7m in diameter, up to 0.7m high. A number of retaining stones visible around e part. Central hollow suggests partial early excavation.
The southern cairn lies 3m away and is 6m in diameter by 0.7m high, and contains a cist placed eccentrically in its east side. Both side and end slabs of cist are in place. It measures 1.2m by 0.6m by 0.4m deep.

Ancient Monuments, 2002, De-scheduling information (Schedule Document). SDV139301.

SAM 10639 de-scheduled January 2002 under 91002. However, this monument appears to have been included within scheduled area of SAM 10638.

Probert, S. A. J., 2002, Field Investigator's Comments (Report - Survey). SDV147446.

(23/04/2002) SX 5854 6445. A disturbed, turf covered cairn measuring 4.2m north-south by 6.0m and 0.5m high. A cist has been exposed near the eastern fringe of the mound and measures 0.65m by 0.7m and 0.3m deep. The former cover stone is partially buried to the west of the cairn's centre. The ovoid shape of the cairn and the presence of the cist so close to the margin suggests that it has been heavily disturbed with much material removed from the east side and dumped to the west. There is no evidence to suggest the former presence of a kerb.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UP-HT8 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(16/03/2020) Condition assessed as moderate; vegetation is the main damage agent.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Image taken March 2020 site visit.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume.
SDV139115Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1991. Scheduled Monument Notification. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV139291Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56SE5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV139295Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1944. 63rd Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 76. Paperback Volume. 39, plate 2.
SDV139301Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 2002. De-scheduling information. Ancient Monuments Record Form.
SDV147446Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2002. Field Investigator's Comments. English Heritage. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #124260 Prehistoric GIS survey layer, ]
SDV164740Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 2000. Schedule details. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133391.
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.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-HT8.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV42010Related to: Cairn on Lee Moor (Monument)
MDV2418Related to: Cairn with cist on Lee Moor (Monument)
MDV42216Related to: Cairn with cist on Lee Moor (Monument)
MDV12786Related to: Unlikely cairn on Lee Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape

Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2020 3:46PM