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HER Number:MDV4983
Name:Cairn and cist 600 metres north-east of Routrundle to the east of Ingra Tor, Walkhampton

Summary

An isolated Bronze Age cairn with a central cist is 6.8 metres in diameter and 0.8 metres 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 600 metres north-east of Routrundle.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 51, Map 45, Figure 45.13 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Ingra Tor cairn at SX55877207 of 6.8 metres diameter by 0.8 metres high with a cist. An isolated cairn with a central cist now surrounded by stone pits. The substantial mound is surrounded by a few members of a ring of small stones barely showing around its base. All four sides of the cist are present but are now much obscured by vegetation. The rectangular capstone was fractured by workmen in 1910.

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.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1019578 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The monument includes a cairn containing a cist situated on a gentle north west facing slope overlooking Ingra Tor. The cairn survives as a 7.6 metres diameter mound standing up to 0.8 metres high. Large stones protrude through the surface of the cairn, but there is no trace of a kerb. A hollow in the centre of the mound contains a cist which is partially obscured at the northern end by the capstone. The cist survives as a stone lined pit measuring 1.24 metres long by 0.66 metres wide and 0.45 metres deep and would have originally contained a human burial. This has been revealed by past excavation.

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, Map 45, Figure 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.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #134729 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019578.

Associated Monuments

MDV64211Related to: Routrundle Leat, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Dec 13 2021 10:00AM