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HER Number:MDV3373
Name:Possible cist near Giant's Basin cairn

Summary

This cist lies midway between the Giant's Basin and cairn to the north-west. First mentioned in 1911. Its identification as a cist has been disputed, but so far no definitive confirmation established. The structure comprises a flat slab measuring 1.2m by 0.76m which rests at a slight angle on three upright slabs. These slabs, up to 0.4m high, form a 'z' shape on plan in what appears to be a slight hollow.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 669
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record (Yes): SX 56 NE 44
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/77/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • Pastscape: 438623

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1890, The Moorland Plym, 51 (Article in Serial). SDV215949.

A group of stones consisting of a large flat slab held in an inclined position by resting on smaller blocks lies between the Giant's Basin (SX 56 NE 45) and the barrow forming the northern termination of the adjacent stone row (SX 56 NE 46).

Breton, H. H., 1914, Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities, 50 (Monograph). SDV256843.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX56NE44 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV232196.

Possible cist, 10m west-north-west of Giants Basin.
(Visited 31/05/1950) A large flat capstone, which rests on three small stones which are set in no significant formation. These stones are not of sufficient size or of necessary shape to constitute either side or end stones. There is not sufficient evidence to justify this claim.
(Visited 31/03/1979) At SX 59176694 a large flat stone (1.2m by 0.7m) rests on three small stones in no significant foundation. The small stones are of the wrong size and shape for a cist and though the large stone has a superficial resemblance to a coverstone the setting is unlikely for a cist.

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

Cist at north-west foot of Giant's Basin. Breton mentions 'a tiny kistvaen' here.

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 verticals.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133417 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

This cist lies midway between the Giant's Basin and cairn (SX56NE/277/1). The cist is first mentioned by Breton in 1911. In later years, the Ordnance Survey described it first as a possible cist, although later Barton thought it an unlikely cist because of its setting.
On balance, however, its setting midway between two cairns, close to many other cairns and three stone alignments seem, together with its appearance, good grounds for accepting it as a probable cist.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 137 (Monograph). SDV137656.

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

(01/06/1999) An alleged cist at SX 5918 6694. The structure comprises a flat slab measuring 1.2m by 0.76m which rests at a slight angle on three upright slabs. These slabs, up to 0.4m high, form a 'z' shape on plan in what appears to be a slight hollow.
This feature has been classified by some authorities as a cist although others reject this interpretation for either positional or structural reasons. The historical and archaeological tradition for such a classification is by no means certain and known cists in the locality usually have had their coverstones removed and are open. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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. 137.
SDV215949Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1890. The Moorland Plym. The Moorland Plym. 10. Unknown. 51.
SDV232196Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX56NE44. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV256843Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1914. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. 50.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 168.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133417.
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.
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. [Mapped feature: #122409 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3372Related to: Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV55251Related to: Small cairns near the Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV14777Related to: Stone Row, Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jan 14 2020 2:56PM