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HER Number:MDV37
Name:Stone Coffins from near Giant's Graves, Lundy


Three stone coffins found in 1900.


Grid Reference:SS 136 441
Map Sheet:SS14SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLundy
Ecclesiastical ParishLUNDY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS14SW/18/2/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 745
  • Old SAM Ref: 27645

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Chanter, J. R., 1871, History of Lundy, 553-611 (Article in Serial). SDV6914.

The largest coffin was 3.048 metres long by 0.914 metres wide (maximum), 0.610 metres wide (minimum).

Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1970, Lundy, Bull's Paradise Settlement Site (Schedule Document). SDV7147.

National Trust, 1989, Lundy, Devon. Vol. One, 110 (Report - Survey). SDV1275.

Three stone coffins were found just below the surface by workmen digging foundations for a wall. These were regular blocks of granite excavated internally to a depth of 305-381 millimetres in the shape of a human body. Two were described as the just the same only smaller. Evidence also exists of an exhumed skeleton that was apparently buried after the Danish manner. This discovery may be the same as that known as Giant's Graves. Other details: 101,129.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1998, Bull's Paradise and Giants Graves. A settlement and Burial Ground on Lundy (Schedule Document). SDV344750.

National Trust, 2002, The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide (Monograph). SDV7235.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 110. [Mapped feature: #21650 ]
SDV344750Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1998. Bull's Paradise and Giants Graves. A settlement and Burial Ground on Lundy. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV6914Article in Serial: Chanter, J. R.. 1871. History of Lundy. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 4. Unknown. 553-611.
SDV7147Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1970. Lundy, Bull's Paradise Settlement Site. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV7235Monograph: National Trust. 2002. The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide. The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide. A5 Paperback.

Associated Monuments

MDV59360Part of: Bulls Paradise and Giants Graves, Lundy (Monument)
MDV7101Related to: Giants Graves, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14274Related to: Medieval Cemetery at Bulls Paradise, Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2010 9:41AM