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HER Number:MDV3341
Name:Cairn with a cist north of Whittenknowles Rocks

Summary

A disturbed cairn and cist. The turf-covered and spread stony mound is 5.9 metres in diameter and about 0.4 metres high with some kerb slabs and boulders in situ. The apparently off-centre cist measures 1.8 metres by 0.9 metres internally and 0.4 metres deep; one large, leaning slab, probably the displaced coverstone measures 1.1 metres by 0.8 metres. Spoil from the disturbances lies on and about the mound.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 586 678
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 26
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/51
  • Old SAM Ref: 10737
  • Pastscape: 438574 438574

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

Worth, R. H., 1929, 48th Report on Barrows, 85 plate 11 (Article in Serial). SDV230290.

Leedon, not far from head of the Drizzlecombe. Restoration attempted, placing kist well away from centre of circle, which is unlikely. Cist cannot have exceeded 0.9 metres in length. Coverstone still there. The barrow or cairn is 6.0 metres in diameter, 0.6 metres high and is surrounded by a retaining circle, of which four stones still stand on the north-west circumference. Small stones in circle. View.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE26 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV230291.

(Visited 1/6/1977) This cairn is situated on the west facing slope of a ridge north of Ditsworthy Warren. Its diameter is 5.7 metres and its height 0.4 metres. Four stones of the circle remain in the north-west quadrant; the highest 0.3 metres.
The cist in the centre is partly destroyed; two stones end to end form the southern side and the coverstone leans inwards from the north side. The overall size is 1.7 metres by 1.2 metres with the coverstone measuring 1.0 metres by 0.8 metres. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 166 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visited 29/7/1972) Cairn with retaining circle, enclosing cist placed south-east by north-west. Diameter 5.5 metres, height 0.3 metres.


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

Cairn is not visible on the 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 70 (Monograph). SDV137656.

The Cairn is not difficult to find 200 metres south of Eylesbarrow reave, its upended capstone propped to one side of the cist prominent on the bare hillside. An attempt was made to restore the cist shortly before 1929. Stone cutters were responsible for at least part of the damage as one of the loose slabs bears the marks of the masons' tools, but one end slab remains in position and the south side, made up of two stones on edge, is also possibly an original feature. The structure may be one of those rare burial cairns covering two cists. Around the base of the mound a few stones remain of an outer ring.


Wessex Archaeology, 2002, Cramber Tor Training Area Rapid Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV354588.

Site WA038.


Newman , P., 2006, Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV233640.

Site is as described by English Heritage in 1999 (see Pastscape source).


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

Cairn and cist is visible on the aerial photography.


Probert, S. A. J., 2017, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of the Cramber Tor Training Area, Devon, 2017 (Report - Survey). SDV360392.


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

Cairn with a cist north of Whittenknowles Rocks. See designation record for full details.


National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape (Website). SDV362732.

A disturbed cairn and cist lie on a north-west facing hillslope at SX5869 6784. The turf-covered and spread stony mound is 5.9 metres in diameter and about 0.4 metres high with some kerb slabs and boulders in situ. The apparently off-centre cist measures 1.8 metres by 0.9 metres internally and 0.4 metres deep; one large, leaning slab, probably the displaced coverstone measures 1.1 metres by 0.8 metres. Spoil from the disturbances lies on and about the mound (citing Fletcher, M., 03/07/1999, English Heritage Field Investigation).

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. 70.
SDV230290Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1929. 48th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 61. Unknown. 85 plate 11.
SDV230291Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE26. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV233640Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2006. Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation. English Heritage.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 166.
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.
SDV354588Report - Survey: Wessex Archaeology. 2002. Cramber Tor Training Area Rapid Condition Survey. Wessex Archaeology Report. Unknown.
SDV360392Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2017. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of the Cramber Tor Training Area, Devon, 2017. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #117847 ]
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:May 17 2019 3:03PM