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HER Number:MDV3373
Name:Cist near Giant's Basin cairn


This cist lies midway between the giant's basin and cairn to the north-west. First mentioned in 1911.


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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/77/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


This cist lies midway between the giant's basin (see headsheet) and cairn (sx56ne/277/1). The cist is first mentioned by breton in 1911. In later years, the os 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 2 cairns, close to many other cairns and 3 stone alignments seem, together with its appearance, good grounds for accepting it as a probable cist (mpp).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Cist at nw foot of giant's basin. Breton mentions 'a tiny kistvaen' here (grinsell).

NMR, CITING WORTH 1890, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232185.

A group of stones consisting of a large flat slab held in an inclined position by resting on smaller blocks (nmr, citing worth 1890).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV232186.

Vis=31/5/1950 (os) possible cist, 10m wnw of giants basin. 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 (osa).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV232189.

Vis=not visible on 1946 raf verticals (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232192.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232193.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)168.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232194.

Breton, h. H. /beautiful dartmoor. I. Sheepstor and its border lands/(1914)50.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232195.

Worth, r. N. /tda/22(1890)51.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232196.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232197.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/3(1994)137.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232198.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=31/3/1979 (os) the wrong size and shape for a cist. Unlikely to be one (os).

Sources / Further Reading

  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record: NMR, CITING WORTH 1890.
  • Report - Survey: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division.
  • Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
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  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV55252Related to: Cairn near the Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV3372Related to: Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 22 2015 1:44PM