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HER Number:MDV3380
Name:Possible remains of a cist east of the Giant's Basin cairn, Sheepstor


Worth (1890) describes two stones to the east of the Giant's Basin as the possible site of a cist, but these have not been confirmed since; unlikely feature.


Grid Reference:SX 592 669
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record (Yes): SX56NE137
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438883
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/83
  • Old SAM County Ref: 462

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1890, 12th Report of the Barrow Committee, 52 52 (Article in Serial). SDV346007.

Mentioned by Worth: 'To the eastward of the Giant's Basin, are two stones which stand parallel to each other, and resemble the two longer sides of a kistvaen, but whether they ever formed part of such it is impossible to discover'.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE137 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV230625.

(17/04/1979) Nothing to fit this description exists to the east of Giant's Basin. Worth could, however, have meant it to apply to the probable cist on the west side of the Giant's Basin (SX 56 NE 44 / sx56ne/77/1), but the descriptions do not tally closely.
(13/08/1979) Both this site and SX 56 NE 44 are recorded in the same article by Worth, which suggests that they are separate. There are two stones here but at SX 56 NE 44 a large stone resting on three smaller ones.

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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230625Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE137. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
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.
SDV346007Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1890. 12th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. Hardback Volume + Digital. 52 52. [Mapped feature: #19385 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey: EH Project (Feb 2001 - Dec 2002)

Date Last Edited:Jan 8 2022 12:10PM