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HER Number:MDV5081
Name:Cist 1 kilometre east of Nun's Cross Farm


Cist near remains of tin workings on Crane Hill. No remains of a cairn can now be seen. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 616 698
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of a Bronze Age cist and medieval or later tin workings on Crane Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/6
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Breton, H. H., 1912, Beautiful Dartmoor III. Southern Quarter, 18-19 (Monograph). SDV250997.

Worth, R. H., 1927, Proceedings at the 66th Annual Meeting, 69 (Article in Serial). SDV338184.

A kistvaen near Fox Tor Mire. About two thirds of a mile from Nun Cross Farm on the eastern bank of the stream lies a kistvaen whose cover stone and south-western side stone have been removed. The north-eastern side is formed by two stones which overlap to the extent of 0.152 meters. The length of the kist along this side is 1.1 meters; its average width must have been about 0.7 meters. The stones at present stand but little above the ground level but without excavation it is not possible to say what the depth might be. Some stones yet remain of the cairn or barrow which formerly covered the kist. Other details: 46th Report on Barrows.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NW8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV250994.

No trace of a cairn could be detected. Other details: Plan and photograph..

Fox, A., 1969, Swincombe Survey (Report - Survey). SDV250998.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 153 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

The remains of a cairn enclosing a cist, placed south-east to north-west, with the south-western side slab missing. (Visited on 20/9/1975)

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1978, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV250992.

A cist 0.8 meters by 1.2 meters and 0.2 meters above ground level. As planned by Worth. No cairn was visible at this time (citing Ordnance Survey).

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible to be recorded during the Aerial Photograph Project.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This cist was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV250992Site Visit: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1978. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV250994Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NW8. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV250997Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1912. Beautiful Dartmoor III. Southern Quarter. Beautiful Dartmoor III. Southern Quarter. Unknown. 18-19.
SDV250998Report - Survey: Fox, A.. 1969. Swincombe Survey. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 153.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV338184Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1927. Proceedings at the 66th Annual Meeting. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 59. A5 Hardback. 69.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93800 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 10:07AM