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HER Number:MDV3339
Name:Cairn and cist at Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor

Summary

Remains of a disturbed bronze age cist within a cairn at Drizzlecombe. Closely associated with a complex of prehistoric stone alignments, cairns and enclosures at Drizzlecombe. The cist is orientated north-west/south-east and is contained within a round cairn 12 meters in diameter, 1.0 meter high.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 672
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE23
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438565
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/49
  • Old SAM Ref: 10715

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Kistvaen' shown on 19th century map.

Worth, R. H., 1890, 12th Report of the Barrow Committee, 50 (Article in Serial). SDV346007.

Worth, R. H., 1900, 19th Report of the Barrow Committee, 49-50, 54 (Article in Serial). SDV231259.

Remains of a cist consisting of two side stones and a displaced cover stone. The cist stands in a 10.7 meter diameter barrow formed mainly of stone. Excavations in 1899/1900 revealed no additional information. Finds nearby of flint chips, flakes and core fragments "are not uncommon". Other details: Plate 6.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX56NE23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV231258.

(12/6/1950) A fine kistvaen with two side stones and two end stones in place. The northern side stone is 1.7 metres long and 0.2 metres thick, the northern side stone is 1.6 metres long and 0.2 metres thick. The eastern side stone is 0.6 metres long and 0.2 metres thick while the western end stone which leans inward is 0.7 metres long and 0.2 metres thick. The present depth of the kistvaen is 0.9 metres. The cover stone overhangs the kistvaen at its western end and is 1.8 metres long, depth unknown as it is partly embedded into the cairn. The kistvaen is contained in a turf covered cairn 11.7 metres diameter and 0.8 metres high.
(27/06/1977) On a west-facing slope is turf-covered cairn containing a central cist with the endstones, side stones and capstone all intact and in good condition. The cist is orientated west north west - east south east and is fully exposed. The diameter of the cairn is 12.0 metres and its height 1.1 metres; it is slightly mutilated on the north and east.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 167 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited 29/7/1972. Mound or cairn containing cist placed south-east/north-west. Diameter 10.0 metres, height 1.1 metres.

National Monuments Record, 1983, SF2134, 79 (Aerial Photograph). SDV231262.

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

Recorded.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 135-142, Map 49, Figure 49.19.4 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Drizzlecombe Cairn '13' at SX59156721 of 13.0 metres diameter by 1.2 metres high with a cist which was cleared out in 1900. The displaced cover lies to the north-west and the massive side slabs project well beyond the ends .

Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

(01/07/1999) A fine though disturbed cairn with a central cist. The cairn is 12.3m in diameter and on average 0.7m high (1.1m high on the downslope side). The cist measures 0.8m by 0.7m internally and is 0.85m deep; its large capstone, up-ended and partially buried, is 1.9m by 0.9m.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England, 1014145 (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

This cairn with a cist lies on a south-east facing slope north of the stone alignments in Drizzlecombe and the River Plym. See List record for full detail.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UP-DZ 22 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 05/02/2020. Overall condition moderate. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UP-DZ 22 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 010° showing grass/moss and bracken cover.

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

Cairn shown on modern mapping.

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. 135-142, Map 49, Figure 49.19.4.
SDV231258Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX56NE23. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV231259Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1900. 19th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 32. Unknown. 49-50, 54.
SDV231262Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1983. SF2134. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 79.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 167.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346007Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1890. 12th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. Hardback Volume + Digital. 50.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website. 1014145.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #122407 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 22.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 22.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV5856 - FLAKE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor. The Eylesbarrow archaeological landscape

Date Last Edited:Jun 28 2021 10:56AM