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HER Number:MDV5086
Name:Cist between Deadmans Bottom and Langcombe Brook, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Cist between Deadmans Bottom and Langcombe Brook which was once surrounded by a cairn of 4.5 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high with a central rectangular cist

Location

Grid Reference:SX 609 667
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW38
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/10
  • Old SAM County Ref: 504B
  • Old SAM Ref: 10676

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN? (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • CIST (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

WORTH 1890, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV162889.

Vis=-/-/1965 (ancient monuments) western of two cairns south east of deadman's bottom. Cairn a.305mm high, 4.572m diameter with small square cist eccentrically placed open. Cairn b. North west of a.152mm high, 4.572m diameter. Opened rectangular cist. Langcombe, deadman's bottom; three kistvaens were found by mr. Button, of which two are near enough to each other to be regarded as forming a pair and the third lies some way to the north of the other two. At present the soil fully fills the kist, and the stones are barely above ground level. The coverstone is missing. About a couple of hundred metres to the north east of the junction of the tributary which joins the langcombe brook on its northern side, are a group of stone remains, mainly two kistvaens. In both of these the whole kist stands above ground level, and the barrows, if they had enclosed them, have been removed. The more important kist still has three sides standing; the western side and the unbroken coverstone lie close by. Surrounded by a stone circle. The other kist has collapsed, with the coverstone still resting on two sides (worth 1890).

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV162893.

Vis=estimated -/-/1992 (ancient monuments) mound 5m diam, 0.3m high with retaining kerb on n side. Rectangular cist 0.8m long, 0.7m wide (am).

Worth, R. H., 1890, 12th Report of the Barrow Committee, 52 (Article in Serial). SDV346007.

Western of two cairns south-east of Deadman's Bottom. Cairn 'B' of 4.5 metres diameter by 0.15 metres high with an opened rectangular cist. At present the soil fully fills the kist, and the stones are barely above ground level. The coverstone is missing.

Worth, R. H., 1934, 53rd Report of the Barrow Committee, 39 (Article in Serial). SDV345863.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 162, Shaugh Prior 10 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited on 19th September 1975. Cairn with remains of retaining circle on north side enclosing cist placed south-east to north-west. Diameter 3.5 metres, height 0.1 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX66NW38, SX66NW38 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV162895.

Visited on 13th September 1978. As planned by Worth. Cist 1.2 metres by 0.8 metres. Unsurveyable traces of an associated cairn possibly 5 metres diameter by 0.1 metres high.

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

Not visible on aerial photographs.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 76, E44 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of orthostats, 3 metres internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.1 metres high with central cist.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 150-3, Map 50, Figures 50.2 & 50.2.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Langcombe Brook '10' at SX60956673 is a possible cairn with a cist. The cairn has almost entirely disappeared but the cist is 1.1 metres by 0.6 metres. Its four sides projected above the turf 50 years ago but are now barely visible beneath the turf.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cist' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012292 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This cairn with a cist lies on a west-facing slope between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom, close to another cairn and cist. It consists of a mound 5 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres in height with a retaining kerb on its northern side and a rectangular cist. The cist is 0.8 metres in length and 0.7 metres in width. It retains both end slabs and the eastern side, the other side slab and coverstone were noted nearby by Worth in 1890.

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. 150-3, Map 50, Figures 50.2 & 50.2.1.
SDV162889Report - Survey: WORTH 1890.
SDV162893Report - Survey: AM.
SDV162895Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX66NW38. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX66NW38.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 76, E44.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 162, Shaugh Prior 10.
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.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345863Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1934. 53rd Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 66. A5 Hardback. 39.
SDV346007Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1890. 12th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. Hardback Volume + Digital. 52.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #130714 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012292.

Associated Monuments

MDV5126Related to: Cairn and cist south of Langcombe Brook, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5122Related to: Cairn with a cist between Deadmans Bottom and Langcombe Brook, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5128Related to: Cairn with a cist near the head of a southern tributary of Langcombe Brook, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5125Related to: Cairn with cist east of Deadman's Bottom, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5129Related to: Cist 365 metres west of Grim's Grave, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5083Related to: Grim's Grave cairn circle north of Langcombe Brook, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape

Date Last Edited:Jun 13 2021 9:46AM