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HER Number:MDV3492
Name:Cairn with cist at Shavercombe

Summary

On the slope north of Hen Tor is the remains of a cairn with a cist. The cairn measures 5.6m in diameter and 0.6m in height with a few stones of a cairn circle 3.2m in diameter remaining on the west side. The cist is 1.2m by 0.4m and 0.5m deep with a coverstone 1.6m by 1.1m at its maximum. It is aligned north-north-west by south-south-east.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 596 657
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: sx56ne104
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/169
  • Old SAM Ref: 10653
  • Pastscape: 438797

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, 305 (Article in Serial). SDV215949.

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

Two sides, one endstone, and the coverstone remain. The cist measures 0.9m long by 0.45m wide and 0.8m deep, has been covered by a barrow and lies in a stone circle 3.2m diameter. The eastern side stone has fallen against the western and completely closed the cist. This stone was turned back in 1900 to admit excavation and has been left so. No results of excavation.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE104, plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV163207.

(17/5/1950) Kisvaen is correct as shown on the 1906 map. Measurements and description given by Worth in 1901 is accurate.
Diameter of barrow 4.5m, height 0.4m high. Four stones of the retaining circle are still visible on the western side.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 164, Shaugh Prior 29 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(08/06/1974) Cairn with three slabs of retaining circle on west, enclosing cist placed south-east by north-west with capstone to east. Excavated by R. H. Worth without result. Diameter measures 5.5m, height 0.3m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX56NE104, plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363264.

(20/12/1978) On the slope north of Hen Tor at 395.0m OD is the remains of a cairn with a cist. The cairn measures 5.6m in diameter and 0.6m in height with a few stones of a cairn circle 3.2m in diameter remaining on the west side. The cist is 1.2m by 0.4m and 0.5m deep with a coverstone 1.6m by 1.1m at its maximum. It is aligned north north west - south south east. Revised at 1:10 000 on PFD.

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.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 76/e47 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 2.7m internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.4m high with central cist.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 146, Map 49.22 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Butler's cairn 4 (4.0 by 0.4m) A conspicuous mound, it remains in good shape. Four fair sized slabs of a retaining circle about 3m across on western side; others probably buried. Large capstone levered to one side, revealing cist. One end hidden beneath vegetation. The eastern slab leans outwards, where placed during Worth's dig. Includes a detailed sketch of the cist remains.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(15/01/2002) SX 5963 6577. This feature remains as described in 1978.

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPHT-32 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(16/03/2020) Condition of the cairn / cist assessed as good, although vegetation is having an impact on the site. Description of the features from the HER is accurate; a more impressive and easier to distinguish cairn in landscape. Surrounded with bracken.

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

Photographs taken during March 2020 visit.

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. 146, Map 49.22.
SDV163207Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE104. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. plan.
SDV163208Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1901. 20th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 119, plan xii.
SDV215949Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1890. The Moorland Plym. Transactions of the Plymouth Institute. 10. Unknown. 305.
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/e47.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 164, Shaugh Prior 29.
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.
SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #122170 ]
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPHT-32.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363264Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX56NE104. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. plan.

Associated Monuments

MDV3490Related to: Cairn with cist, Shavercombe (Monument)
MDV3511Related to: Cairn with cist, Shavercombe (Monument)
MDV3503Related to: Low cairn with cist, Shavercombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV8377 - Excavation of cairn at Shavercombe

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2021 9:11AM