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HER Number:MDV5120
Name:Cist north of Deadman's Bottom, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Cist north of Deadman's Bottom. The remains of a cist of 1.0 metres long and 0.4 metres wide, with a coverstone which has slid to the north. The cist has collapsed in on itself. There is a turf covered stone spread to the south but little real evidence of an associated cairn.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 607 668
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 NW 39
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/13/2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/37/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 505
  • Old SAM Ref: 28787
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX 66 NW 39
  • Pastscape: 441673

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING CAIRN? (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CIST (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1900, 19th Report of the Barrow Committee, 51 (Article in Serial). SDV231259.

Kistvaen, Langcombe, near Deadman's Bottom. The northern of two adjoining kistvaens being 9.6m from the southern one. Much deformed. The sides have both leant towards the west, the northern end stone has slipped in at its eastern end. The cover stone rests on the eastern side stone, and its weight has been largely responsible for the damage of the kist. Excavation yielded no result.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NW39, SX66NW39 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152089.

(17/05/1950) Worth's description and measurements accurate; not repeated by Ordnance Survey recorder. Sketch plan of the feature included.

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

(18/09/1974) Cairn. Just north of centre is cist placed east-south-east by west-north-west. Excavated by R. H. Worth without result. Diameter 4.5m, height 0.2m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX66NW39, SX66NW39 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152088.

(13/09/1978) The cist is as described by Worth (1900), and planned on illustration card. It is partly concealed by the coverstone. There is no cairn. Surveyed at 1:10000 on PFD.

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

Not visible on the aerial photographs used in project.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 46, 73/d27 + 42 46 72/d12. (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Turner records this as a ring setting, 4.7 m internal diameter, with paved floor.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140549, add38 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(09/05/1996) North western of two ring cairns at Deadman’s Bottom.
Round cairn. Diameter 4.5m, height 0.2m. Cist. Robbed. Excavated by Worth 1899 - no results from excavation.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 148-150, Map 50, Figure 50.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Langcombe Brook '2' at SX60776689 with a cist and a possible cairn. The cist is complete though partially collapsed under the weight of the capstone. The curious feature of this structure is that the mound and surrounding ring has gone and a low bank links it to the double hut circle to the west.

Robertson, J. G., 1994, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV139549.

Cist depicted by Robertson.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 102.1172b (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

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

(21/08/2001) The remains of a cist lie on the northern slopes of Deadman's Bottom at SX 6078 6689. The feature consists of a stone lined box, c.1m long and c. 0.4m wide, with a coverstone which has now slid to the north. The cist has collapsed in on itself. There is a turf covered stone spread to the south but little real evidence of an associated cairn.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

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

Square feature shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1016145 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

Within scheduled area.

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. 148-150, Map 50, Figure 50.1.
SDV139549Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1994. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley. Edinburgh University. Unknown.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 102.1172b.
SDV152088Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX66NW39. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. unjk. SX66NW39.
SDV152089Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NW39. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. SX66NW39.
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. 46, 73/d27 + 42 46 72/d12..
SDV231259Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1900. 19th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 32. Unknown. 51.
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 140549, add38.
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.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #128560 ]
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1016145.

Associated Monuments

MDV57440Related to: Cairn north-east of the Langcombe Brook, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5119Related to: Cist with ring cairn north of Deadman's Bottom, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV57425Related to: Fragmentary enclosure to the north of Deadman's Bottom, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV130868Related to: Hut circle in settlement north of Deadmans Bottom, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5118Related to: Hut circle in settlement north of Deadmans Bottom, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8474 - Excavation of a cist, Deadman's Bottom

Date Last Edited:Jun 5 2021 11:28AM