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HER Number:MDV5091
Name:Cist at Great Knat's Head

Summary

A Bronze age cist set within a slight amorphous disturbance lies on open moorland in dense heather cover.
It measures a maximum 1.0m long by 0.70m internally and 0.7m deep. Two side slabs and a fallen end slab are extant. There is no trace of a cover stone. (Note: not shown accurately on the Ordnance Survey base mapping).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 611 680
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW3
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/16
  • Old SAM Ref: 10752(P)
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX66NW3
  • Pastscape: 441573

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1901, 20th Report of the Barrow Committee, 33, plate XV (Article in Serial). SDV163208.

Kistvaen, remains of. This antiquity consists of two side stones and one end stone. The sides have fallen apart which is unusual, and the end stone which leant well over the kist, ultimately falling in consequence of the excavation, has been set in, an approximately vertical position. Dimensions not properly ascertainable. No results from excavation. In the approximate centre of the kistvaen a pit had at some time been sunk 432mm below the level of the floor, but nothing was found therein. There was no trace of a barrow round this kistvaen. The north west coverstone is missing. Measures 0.81m x 0.91m, 0.78m deep.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NW3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV164751.

(07/06/1950) Worth's description is accurate; not correctly shown on the 6 inch map sheet. The north-west stone is missing.

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX66NW3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV164753.

(13/09/1978) The cist, on a westerly slope at 440m OD, is approximately 1.1m long, 1.0m wide and 0.6m deep, and as described and planned by Worth. Surveyed at 1:10000 on PSD

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

Not visible.

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

(24/06/1977) Cist placed east-south-east by west-north-west. North-west slab missing.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140537 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(03/06/1995) Cist forming part of a dispersed group of funerary monuments. Survives as a 0.91m by 0.81m by 0.78m deep pit, orientated east-south-east by west-north-west, denoted on the north and south sides by edge set stones. The eastern end slab has been displaced now lies between the two side stones.
A very slight mound standing up to 0.2m high surrounds the cist but this was probably constructed when the cist was partly restored following an excavation in 1901. This work revealed a pit dug into the floor of the cist, but no artefacts were recovered.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 308-9, 102.1250 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

English Heritage, 1997, Scheduled Monument Notification (Schedule Document). SDV164760.

Bronze Age cist 0.91m long by 0.81m wide and 0.78m deep. Denoted on the north and south sides by edge set stones. The eastern end stone has now been displaced and lies between the two side stones. A slight mound surrounds the cist but this was probably constructed when the cist was restored following excavation in 1901. This found a pit dug into the floor of the cist but no finds were made. Scheduled.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(28/02/2002) A Bronze age cist set within a slight amorphous disturbance lies on open moorland in dense heather cover.
It measures a maximum 1.0m long by 0.70m internally and 0.7m deep. Two side slabs and a fallen end slab are extant. There is no trace of a cover stone.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 308-9, 102.1250.
SDV163208Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1901. 20th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 33, plate XV.
SDV164751Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NW3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV164753Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX66NW3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV164760Schedule Document: English Heritage. 1997. Scheduled Monument Notification. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
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.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 162.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140537.
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.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #128567 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV57383Related to: Cairn at Great Knat's Head (Monument)
MDV5092Related to: Round Cairn at Great Knat's Head (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8471 - Excavation of a cist, Great Gnat's Head

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2021 3:11PM