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HER Number:MDV5128
Name:Cairn with a cist near the head of a southern tributary of Langcombe Brook, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Cairn with a cist near the head of a southern tributary of Langcombe Brook of 5.5 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high wit a cist of 0.9 metres by 0.45 metres by 0.33 metres deep. The triangular coverstone is 1.5 metres by 0.9 metres.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 608 661
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW36
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/44
  • Old SAM Ref: 10674

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1933, 52nd Report of the Barrow Committee, 84, Plate 9 (Article in Serial). SDV153704.

Kistvaen, Langcombe. The two side stones and the south end stone are in place and the cover stone has been turned aside, but still rests in part over the kist. The western side stone is unusual in that it is a rectangular slab of vein quartz. Length of kist about 0.9 metres by 0.45 metres at centre of its length. The coverstone is 1.524 metres in length with a greatest width of just over 0.91 metres. Present depth of the kist is 0.33 metres but the actual depth is undoubtedly greater. The kist stands in a barrow, 4.87 metres in diameter.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NW36, SX66NW36 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152100.

Visited on 17th May 1950. Confirming Worth's description and dimensions are accurate.
Visited on 12th September 1976. A slight flat topped turf covered mound of stone and earth, 5.3 metres diameter by 0.2 metres high. Centrally placed cist within the mound with a coverstone.

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.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 75 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of orthostats, 4.7 metres internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.2 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 '6' cairn at SX60866614 of 5.5 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high with a cist. It has a spaced retaining circle which is more conspicuous on the north-east side. Only three sides of the cist are in place and the cover slab which is triangular in shape is loosely balanced along the south side.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Visible on aerial photograph.

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

'Cairn' with cist shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012286 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This cairn with a cist lies on a north-facing slope close to the head of a southern tributary of Langcombe Brook, on its west bank. It consists of a mound 7 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres in height, with part of its retaining kerb in place, and a central cist. The cist retains both side stones, its southern end stone and the coverstone. It is 1.2 metres in length, 0.5 metres in width and 0.3 metres in depth. The coverstone lies over the northern end and western side of the cist and is 1.5 metres in length and 0.9 metres in width. The western side slab is unusual in that it is vein quartz.

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.
SDV152100Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NW36. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX66NW36.
SDV153704Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1933. 52nd Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 65. Paperback Volume. 84, Plate 9.
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. 75.
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.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital. [Mapped feature: #130706 ]
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. 1012286.

Associated Monuments

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)
MDV5086Related to: Cist between Deadmans Bottom and 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 9:45AM