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HER Number:MDV3365
Name:Cairn and cist 20 metres south-east of Legis Tor

Summary

A cairn 5.0m diameter and 0.4m high containing a disturbed cist. A displaced cover stone lies on the south side of the cairn. Surveyed in 2005, 2010 and 2017; fair condition; monument stable.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 573 654
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 67
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/70
  • Old SAM County Ref: 592
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 22289
  • Old SAM Ref: 10589
  • Pastscape: 438692

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1890, The Moorland Plym, 303 (Article in Serial). SDV215949.

Worth, R. H., 1901, 20th Report of the Barrow Committee, 118-119 (Article in Serial). SDV163208.

A cist, 250 yards south-east of Legis Tor, built on an earthfast boulder. No end stones remain. The eastern side stone is 3 feet 1 inch long, the western stone, which is displaced, is 3 feet 4 inches long. The width between them varies from 1 foot 9 inches at the north end to 3 feet 4 1/2inches at the southern end. The cover stone lies to the south of the cist, and is approximately 5 feet 4 inches long, 4 feet 2 inches wide. The present diameter of the barrow is 16 feet. Excavation has yielded no results.

Worth, R. H., 1932, 51st Report of the Barrow Committee, Plate III (Article in Serial). SDV251255.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE67 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV229298.

SX 5738 6548 A small round cairn, 5.0m diameter and 0.4m high, containing a cist, lies on a false crest at 292m OD.
The cist, comprising the 2 side stones only, measures 0.2m along the east side and 0.7m along the west side; it narrows from 1.0m wide at the south to 0.6m wide at the north, and the displaced cover stone measures 1.7m by 1.3m. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 167, Sheepstor 22 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(21/09/1975) SX 5739 6547 Legis Tor. Cairn containing cist placed south-south-east by north-north-west, capstone at south. Excavated in 1896 without result (citing Worth, 1890, 303). Diameter 5.5m, height 0.4m.

Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

(03/08/1983) Visited.

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

Not visible on the 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 76/e43 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 3m internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.4m high with central cist. Much disturbed.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130882 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993) Round cairn. Mound measures 6m in diameter and stands up to 0.3m high. A cist orientated south-south-east to north-north-west has both side slabs and the northern end slab in place, giving a length of 0.9m, a width of 0.6m and a depth of 0.35m[. The capstone is displaced to the south and is 1.2m by 1.5m and 0.25m in thickness. A small number of stones set on edge around the perimeter of the mound indicates the presence of a kerb which survives partly as a buried feature.
Examined by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee during 1895, but no artefacts were recovered.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(18/02/2005) SX 57396548. This feature is as described by the Ordnance Survey in 1977 and remains in a stable condition.

Probert, S. A. J., 2010, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area (Report - Survey). SDV360517.

(Visited November-December 2010)

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361636.

(05/12/2017) A cairn 5.0m diameter and 0.4m high containing a disturbed cist. A displaced cover stone lies on the south side of the cairn. Fair condition; monument stable.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-25 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(02/03/2020) Condition of site assessed as good, although vegetation encroachment (heavy bracken) is affecting the feature.

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

Photographs taken during March 2020 visit.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV163208Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1901. 20th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 118-119.
SDV215949Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1890. The Moorland Plym. Transactions of the Plymouth Institute. 10. Unknown. 303.
SDV229298Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE67. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 76/e43.
SDV251255Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1932. 51st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 64. Unknown. Plate III.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 167, Sheepstor 22.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130882.
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.
SDV345762Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV360517Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2010. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #123776 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-25.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV16573Related to: Ashburton to Tavistock routemarker (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8381 - Excavation of cairn south-east of Legis Tor

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2021 10:03AM