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HER Number:MDV3340
Name:Cist south-west of 'Giant's Basin' in Drizzlecombe Valley, Sheepstor

Summary

Cist consisting of two side-stones, measuring 1.6 m by 0.3 m and 1.4 m by 0.3 m respectively, one end-stone, and a displaced possible cover-stone measuring 1.0 m by 0.8 m. The stones enclose a rectangular hole 1.5 m by 0.5 m and 0.2 m deep, oriented west-north-west with a build up of material on the east side (1979 details). Survey in 1999 recorded that traces of a cairn approximately 5.0m in diameter and 0.5m high could be seen.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 590 667
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 48
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/50
  • Old SAM Ref: 10736
  • Pastscape: 438635

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Early Iron Age - 4000 BC to 700 BC)
  • CIST (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

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

Drizzlecombe south cist. Only two sides remain. Forms the extreme south-west member of the group of cairns, cists, menhirs and stone rows in the Drizzlecombe valley. No trace of barrow covering cist; many stones found in soil. Two fragments of pottery found on excavation; no ornamentation, other side of urn is bright red. Side stones 1.54 and 1.52 metres long.

Worth, R. H., 1900, 19th Report of the Barrow Committee, 49, Plates 1 + 4 (Article in Serial). SDV231259.

Worth, r. H. /tda/32(1900)49 pl.1,4/19th report of the barrow committee.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 168 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 29 July 1972. Traces of cairn enclosing cist placed east-south-east to west-north-west. Diameter 5.5 metres, height 0.2 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE48 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363531.

(01/02/1979) SX 5903 6671. A cist consisting of two side-stones, measuring 1.6 m x 0.3 m and 1.4 m by 0.3 m respectively, one end-stone, and a displaced (?) cover-stone measuring 1.0 m by 0.8 m. The stones enclose a rectangular hole 1.5 m by 0.5 m and 0.2 m deep, oriented west-north-west with a build up of material on the east side. There is no trace of a cairn. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

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

Not visible on aerial photograph.

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

Cist 22 with two side slabs and small end slabs which contained two pieces of undecorated pottery when excavated. Very little remains of the cairn.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(04/08/1999) The cist is as described by the Ordnance Survey in 1979, though it is possible to discern the traces of a cairn approximately 5.0m in diameter and 0.5m high.

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

Cist shown on survey.

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

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Cist' shown on modern mapping as a small rectangular feature.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1010656 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

This cairn with a cist north of the River Plym, south-west of the complex at Drizzlecombe. The cairn is 5 metres in diameter and up to 0.4 metres in height, the side and end slabs of the cist are present. See designation record for full details.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, UP-DZ 17 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 01/02/2020. Overall condition very good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UP-DZ 17 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 160° showing grass/moss and reeds.

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. 142, Figure 49.19.4, Map 49.
SDV231259Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1900. 19th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 32. Unknown. 49, Plates 1 + 4.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 168.
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.
SDV345521Report - Survey: 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.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1010656.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #112613 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 17.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 17.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 13 2020 9:18AM