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HER Number:MDV4983
Name:Cairn and cist 600m north east of Routrundle, Walkhampton

Summary

An isolated Bronze Age cairn with a central cist is 6.8m in diameter and 0.8m high. It is now surrouded by stone pits. All four sides of the cist are present but are now much is obscured by vegetation. The rectangular capstone was fractured by workmen in 1910. This fine cairn and cist has extensive views to the west. It is closely surrounded by an area of intensive surface stone cutting although no damage has been done to the mound except that the cist has been exposed. Now under scattered gorse bushes. Surveyed 2007.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 558 720
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE50
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440170
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/97
  • Old SAM County Ref: 939
  • Old SAM Ref: 28780

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Breton, H. H., 1926, The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow, 11 (Monograph). SDV265360.

Cist in small barrow. Half of capstone is still in situ and half has been broken off.

Worth, R. H., 1937, 56th Report of the Barrow Committee, 79-80 pl.7 fig.1-2 (Article in Serial). SDV20973.

Cairn with cist, east of Ingra Tor. About 30m from the leat which serves Rout Rundle Farm, upstream about 61m. The mound is a low cairn, with no visible retaining circle. The cairn still rises above the top of the stones of the kistvaen. The coverstone has been displaced, but still covers about half of the cist, cist measures 1.1m x 0.75m (max); the side stones and the south end stone both appear to have been displaced when the cairn was broken into. The original dimensions would probably have been less. Direction of length n 8 deg w.

Beckerlegge, J. J., 1937, 6th Report of the Plymouth and District Branch, 220-1 (Article in Serial). SDV339417.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4442 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56SE50 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276092.

(28/08/1950) cist in fairly good condition, only partly covered by capstone which measures 1.25m x 0.8m. Cairn measures 6.5m diameter height 0.7m.

Ancient Monuments, 1973, Notes (Schedule Document). SDV276085.

(26/04/1973) Under moorland grass.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 173 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(26/04/1973) Cairn enclosing cist placed south/north, with large capstone, which was broken about 1910 by three local men trying to lift it with crowbars. Diameter 8.0m, height 0.6m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE50 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276089.

(23/07/1980) A cairn situated at 338m. OD on a shelf of a north facing slope. It is circular, 6.9m. in diameter and 0.7m. high, with no evidence of retaining stones.
There is a centrally placed cist, orientated north to south, 1.3m. long, 0.7m. wide and 0.5m. deep, the top being 0.3m. below the summit of the cairn. A displaced cover stone measures 1.2m. by 0.8m. (see ground photographs).
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD.

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

Visible and recorded.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152393 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(1999) Cairn and cist 600m north-east of Routrundle.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 51; fig 45.13 (Monograph). SDV137656.

An isolated cairn with a central cist is 6.8m in diameter and 0.8m high. It is now surrounded by stone pits. All four sides of the cist are present but are now much is obscured by vegetation. The rectangular capstone was fractured by workmen in 1910. See large scale plan.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007-2008, Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV359195.

(07/07/2007) This fine cairn and cist has extensive views to the west. It is closely surrounded by an area of intensive surface stone cutting although no damage has been done to the mound except that the cist has been exposed. Now under scattered gorse bushes. Surveyed at 1:2500.

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. 51; fig 45.13.
SDV20973Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1937. 56th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A4 Unbound. 79-80 pl.7 fig.1-2.
SDV265360Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1926. The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow. The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow. Unknown. 11.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 173.
SDV276085Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1973. Notes. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV276089Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE50. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV276092Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56SE50. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152393.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4442.
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.
SDV339417Article in Serial: Beckerlegge, J. J.. 1937. 6th Report of the Plymouth and District Branch. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. Unknown. 220-1.
SDV359195Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007-2008. Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project. English Heritage. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2021 11:10AM