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HER Number:MDV3511
Name:Cairn with cist, Shavercombe

Summary

Remains of a cairn with cist. The cairn is 3.4m in diameter and 0.6m high. The cist, aligned north-west to south-east is 1.3m by 0.6m and 0.4m deep. The irregular coverstone measures 1.5m by 1.1m.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 597 657
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 105
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/186
  • Old SAM Ref: 10654
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX56NE105
  • Pastscape: 438800

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

Worth, R. H., 1933, 52nd Report of the Barrow Committee, 83-84, plate 6, figs. 2, 3 (Article in Serial). SDV153704.

Hentor Meadow; in the valley of the Wallabrook on the eastern side, opposite the meadow, is an isolated cist. Sides have fallen in, the cover stone intact has been moved a few feet off. Shavercombe; a ruined kist discovered by Mr. Botton on the slopes of Hentor; cist A on plan. Western sidestone still set, but leaning. Eastern side stone has fallen outward, and the coverstone lies between the two. The original dimensions unknown, but length not more than 914mm.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE105 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV151237.

(17/05/1950) The cist is as described by Worth. Located in a small mound 3.0m in diameter and 0.3m high.

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

(08/06/1974) Remains of cairn enclosing cist placed south-east by north-west, capstone between wall slabs. Diameter 3.5m, height 0.3m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX56NE105, plan, photograph (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV151240.

(20/12/1978) On a north-west facing hillslope at approximately 409.0m OD is the remains of a cairn with cist. The cairn is 3.4m in diameter and 0.6m high. The cist, aligned north-west to south-east is 1.3m by 0.6m and 0.4m deep. The irregular coverstone measures 1.5m by 1.1m. 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 vertical aerial photographs.

Ancient Monuments, 1990-1991, Schedule notes (Schedule Document). SDV163229.

(1990) Cairn with a cist. Mound 4m diameter, 0.6m high with central cist 1.3m long, 0.6m wide, 0.4m deep. South end and both side slabs present; coverstone, 1.5m by 1.3m, lies on the cist, somewhat displaced.
(1991) The remains of a Bronze Age cairn with cist. The cairn is 3.4m in diameter and 0.6m high. The cist, aligned north-west to south-east is 1.3m by 0.6m and 0.4m deep. The irregular coverstone measures 1.5m x 1.1m. Scheduled.

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

Butler's cairn 5 (3.5 by 0.3m) Only two side slabs visible with the irregularly shaped capstone propped up in the central hollow between them. Includes a detailed sketch of the cist remains.

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

(28/02/2002) The remains of the cist are set in an amorphous cairn some 3.5m in diameter. The dimensions of the cist and its coverstone - which leans against one of the fallen side slabs - are as described by the Ordnance survey (1978). The monument lies on the edge of a clitter spread.

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

(16/03/2020) Condition of the cairn / cist assessed as moderate, vegetation is having an impact on this feature. Description of the features from the HER is accurate; but cairn is by a rocky area to the south and blends into this making it harder to distinguish. Cairn 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.
SDV151237Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE105. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV151240Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX56NE105. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown. plan, photograph.
SDV153704Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1933. 52nd Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 65. Paperback Volume. 83-84, plate 6, figs. 2, 3.
SDV163229Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990-1991. Schedule notes. The Schedule of Monuments.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 164.
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.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #20440 ]
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV3492Related to: Cairn with cist at Shavercombe (Monument)
MDV3490Related 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

Date Last Edited:Nov 17 2020 4:02PM