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HER Number:MDV5839
Name:CIST in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest


Kistvaen 300m. South of archerton.


Grid Reference:SX 638 788
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 918

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=22/7/1972 (grinsell) + beach) diameter 4.9m. At archerton 'tennis ground'. Cairn enclosing cist placed sse/nnw.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=14/5/1953 (os) the cist measures 0.95m by 0.85m internally and stands 0.25m above the level of the top of the slight mound which surrounds it. The long axis of the cist is oriented nnw - sse. There is a large slab of granite buried in the side of the mound on the nne side of the cist which might be the coverstone. The mound is very much disturbed and only 0.25m high. The diameter of the mound 5.0m. Several partially buried stones are close round the cist and probably represent components of a disturbed retaining circle, no trace of which now remains. The condition of the cist is good, of the mound very poor. Burnard, reports finding a concave cavity, lined with small stones. Direction of length n.17w. Retaining circle, kerb like character. The stones are long and level topped set with their upper edges level with the sides of the kist. The stones of the circle are set parallel to the sides of the kist.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265115.

Kistvaen 300m. South of archerton.

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265116.

Vis=5/10/1972 (ancient monuments). This stone kist is set in a low small mound not over 4.5m in diameter and 0.6m high. The cist itself is about 6m by 1.3m and the top stair is missing. One unusual feature is that the structure of the mound seems to duplicate the structure of the cists within its body with another square setting of slabs.

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265121.

Vis=15/11/1979 (os)cist surrounded by the remains of a kerb circle. The cist, aligned ns measures 0.95m by 0.8m by 0.4m deep, with no coverstone. There is no cairn, but contiguous stones and large slabs around the cist form an irregular kerb about 3.4m in diameter (nmr citing os).

NMR CITING SAINSBURY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265123.

Sx 6385078864, some 3.3m due e from the se corner of the cist, the remains of a low turf-covered wall, 1.4m wide 0.15m maximum height, run in an ene direction for about 40m before disappearing under the turf. From the same point near the cist a faint ne-facing scarp commences, going off sse for about 30m, where it reaches its maximum dimensions of 1.4m wide 0.4m high before fading out. The se end of the wall together with the scarp appears to form the nw corner of a cleared area of turf, about 30m nnw-sse by 16m, which is undoubtedly the remains of the archerton tennis court noted by worth. Although the low wall has been utilised by the tennis court it extends well beyond it and could be the remains of an earlier, ? prehistoric field boundary. Its relationship to the kerb is difficult to ascertain but it appears to have respected it (nmr citing sainsbury).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265124.

Worth, r. H. /tda/70(1938)60/57th report on barrows. & pl. Vii.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265125.

Burnard, r. /tda/22(1890)207/notes on dartmoor kistvaens.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265126.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265127.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)148.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265128.

Rowe, s.(1896) perambulation of the forest of dartmoor. P.197.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265129.

Burnard, r. /vch. Devon/1(1906)361.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265130.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)76/e49.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265131.

Tda/23(1891)map a.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265132.

Des=sainsbury, i. S. /(19/7/1990)/rchme field investigation.

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 2.3m internal diam, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.2m high with central cist (turner).

RCHM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7666.

Vis=19/7/1990 (rchm) cist situated in a rough pasture field on a moderate e facing slope. Formed of 4 large granite slabs it measures internally 1.15m nnw-sse by 0.86m and is 0.45m deep. It projects some 0.25m above the ground surface on the w side. Only the stone which forms the w side is upright, the other 3 stones lean slightly inwards. A large flat slab, measuring about 1.4m ns by 1.1m and 0.2m thick, partly covered by turf and lying 0.5m to the nne of the cist, is undoubtedly the cover stone. The cist is surrounded by what appears to be a ruined retaining circle or kerb as noted by worth. Only 4 stones remain in situ, 3 as shown on his plan and another, parallel and slightly offset to the e of the s side of the cist. This fourth stone leans inwards. About 10 or more other granite slabs are visible lying mostly horizontally, around the cist. Some are almost completely covered by turf. It is most probable that these are the dislodged stones of the remainder of the kerb. Around the nw there are a few small stones protruding through the turf between the kerb stones and the cist, but there is little trace elsewhere of any infill or mound material. The small mound noted by tda 23 does not exist, however a slight turf cover over the displaced kerb stones may have given the impression of height. It is now impossible to deduce the extact dimensions of the kerb but it was probably about 2.5 to 3m ns by 2.5m ew.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV265115Migrated Record:
SDV265116Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV265121Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV265123Migrated Record: NMR CITING SAINSBURY.
SDV265124Migrated Record:
SDV265125Migrated Record:
SDV265126Migrated Record:
SDV265127Migrated Record:
SDV265128Migrated Record:
SDV265129Migrated Record:
SDV265130Migrated Record:
SDV265131Migrated Record:
SDV265132Migrated Record:
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..
SDV7666Migrated Record: RCHM.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 21 2015 7:36PM