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HER Number:MDV3216
Name:Round cairn and stone cist 310m south of Walla Brook

Summary

Round cairn and stone cist situated on a gentle north facing slope overlooking Walla Brook. The cairn mound is flat topped, measures 9 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.5 metres high. A hollow in the centre of the mound, suggests previous robbing or partial excavation. Within the hollow, and situated on the south side, is a stone cist. The two end stones and the southern side stone are still in their original position.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 537 841
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58SW9
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440687
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/29
  • Old SAM County Ref: 553
  • Old SAM Ref: 20340

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX58SW9, Plan of cist included (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV214670.

(24/10/1950) An earthen and stone mound 8.5 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres in height. The cairn has been dug into in the centre to a depth of 0.5 metres and a cist exposed. The cist is almost completely filled with earth and has only a depth of 0.15 metres from the top of the stones. Possible two stones are in position and what appears to be the southern side stone lies in the centre of the cist. No sign of the other side stone and the capstone is also missing. The condition of the cairn is good, the cist is ruinous. The cist does not lie in the centre of the cairn but at a point 1.5 metres from the south of the centre.
(Revisited 13/08/1979) A cairn measuring 8.3 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high with the top of a cist exposed slightly off-centre in a small pit, 0.2 metres deep. The cist consists of a single inward leaning side-stone 0.8 metres long and two end-stones, 0.6 metres and 0.7 metres long. The present depth of the cist is 0.2 metres.
Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric (Cartographic). SDV350058.

(SX 5371 8418 ) Cairn & Cist (NR) (1965 edition).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 159 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(22/6/1974) Cairn, to north-east of White Hill, enclosing a cist placed east-south-east by west-north-west. South-west side slab is missing. Diameter of the cairn is 8.0 metres, height 0.6 metres.

Robinson, R., 1982, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982 (Un-published). SDV345608.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 26th August 1982.

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

Not visible on the Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 106, Map 32 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted by Butler.

Probert, S. + Fletcher, M. + Newman, P., 1998, Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon: An Archaeological survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (Report - Survey). SDV350638.

(19/08/1998) SX53718419, This feature remains as described in 1979. However, one stone of the E to W oriented cist has been displaced.
It lies on sandstone and shales and is covered by heather and grass moorland. The cist slabs are granite.

Probert, S., 2001, Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon. Integrated Land Management Plan Implementation: Archaeological Condition Baseline Survey Appendices 2-5 (Report - Survey). SDV357727.

(20/12/2000) No change to the previous information, the cairn is under close-cropped moorland turf.

English Heritage, 2008, Scheduled Ancient Monuments in Dartmoor National Park (GIS layer) (Interpretation). SDV346436.

Round barrow south of Walla Brook. Disturbed in the centre, with upper surface of the cist exposed. Diameter 7.6 metres, height 1.0 metres. (10/9/1964)
Flat topped cairn 9 metres diameter, 0.5 metres high with central hollow containing two end stones and southern side stone of a cist (estimated 1990).

English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

This monument includes a round cairn and stone cist situated on a gentle north facing slope overlooking Walla Brook. See record for full details.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV214670Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX58SW9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Plan of cist included.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 106, Map 32.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 159.
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.
SDV345608Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1982. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV346436Interpretation: English Heritage. 2008. Scheduled Ancient Monuments in Dartmoor National Park (GIS layer). Map (Digital).
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV350638Report - Survey: Probert, S. + Fletcher, M. + Newman, P.. 1998. Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon: An Archaeological survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV357727Report - Survey: Probert, S.. 2001. Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon. Integrated Land Management Plan Implementation: Archaeological Condition Baseline Survey Appendices 2-5. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7368 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy (1998)
  • EDV6663 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6664 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6665 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV8141 - Condition survey of the Willsworthy Training Area

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2021 9:10AM