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HER Number:MDV5125
Name:Cairn with cist east of Deadman's Bottom, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Cairn with cist to the east of Deadman's Bottom. Cairn of 5.5 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high with a cist of 0.86 metres by 0.48 metres covered by a coverstone 1.44 metres long by 0.94 metres wide

Location

Grid Reference:SX 611 669
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW31
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/41
  • Old SAM Ref: 28791

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, R. H., 1934, 53rd Report of the Barrow Committee, 40 (Article in Serial). SDV345863.

Kistvaen, Deadmans Bottom. This is an unusual example in that the coverstone is still over the kist. None the less it appears to have been rifled, the end and side stones having been displaced at the north east and south west angles. The original internal length appears to have been 864 millimetres width by 483 millimetres. The greatest length of the coverstone is 1.448 metres, its greatest width 940 millimetres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NW31, SX66NW31 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152010.

Visited on 16th May 1950. The kistvaen lies in a small cairn, 5 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres in height.
Visited on 12th September 1978. Turf-covered cairn 5.5 metres diameter, 0.4 metres high. Coverstone 1.5 metres by 0.6 metres by 0.3 metres thick conceals underlying cist.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 163 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited on 19th September 1975. Cairn enclosing cist, placed south-south-east to north-north-west. Diameter 5.5 metres and height 0.3 metres.

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

Not visible on RAF 1946/7 aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140511 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

The edge of the cairn is denoted in at least 2 places by edge set stones which indicate the presence of a kerb which may survive elsewhere as a buried feature. A second cairn recorded by the National Trust Uupper Plym Inventory as site no.102 1222 at SX61156692 is considered to represent the remnants of a linear feature such as a boundary wall. This feature is not included within the monument because its extent and character could not be determined.

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 '11' cairn at SX61206698 of 5.5 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high with a cist is set well back from the stream near the north end of Deadman's Bottom. It remains a substantial mound partly surrounded by an outer ring of stones. Accoding to Worth the cist remains intact beneath the bulky cover slab, replaced into position presumably by the cairn diggers.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 298/102.1170 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

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

'Cairn' with a rectangular cist shown on modern mappping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1015751 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This monument includes a round cairn containing a cist overlooking Deadmans Bottom and forming part of a dispersed group of funerary monuments. The cairn mound measures 5.5 metres in diameter, stands up to 0.6 metres and has been excavated to reveal a cist orientated south-south-east to north-north-west. The cist is still covered by a large cover slab, which measures 1.44 metres long by 0.94 metres wide. The cover slab has however been displaced and now sits slightly diagonally over the cist. The interior of the cist measures 0.86 metres long by 0.48 metres wide. The edge of the cairn is denoted in at least two places by edge set stones which indicate the presence of a kerb which may survive elsewhere as a buried feature.

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.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 298/102.1170.
SDV152010Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NW31. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX66NW31.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 163.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140511.
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. 40.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #130715 ]
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. 1015751.

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)
MDV5129Related to: Cist 365 metres west of Grim's Grave, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5086Related to: Cist between Deadmans Bottom and Langcombe Brook, 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 9:47AM