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HER Number:MDV5841
Name:Cairn with cist on Lakehead Hill, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

The remains of a cairn on Lakehead Hill. It includes an 8 metre diameter and 0.1 metre high mound containing a north west to south east orientated cist measuring 0.9 metres long by 0.55 metres wide. The cist is now backfilled and protrudes 0.4 metres high above the present land surface. Part excavation of the cist in 1898 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, revealed flint knives and scrapers together with pottery fragments and charcoal. Scheduled.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 642 776
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW11
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442542
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/9
  • Old SAM County Ref: 454D
  • Old SAM Ref: 28687.2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1898, 17th Report of the Barrow Committee, 77-8, pl.1,2 (Article in Serial). SDV345618.

A cist without a cover exists on "that part of Lake Head Hill which is included in Sheet 99 SW". No retaining circle is visible but there are slight remains of a possible barrow. In the cist a number of flint knives and scrapers and thirty sherds (representing two vessels which were probably broken during apparent grave robbing) were found.

Victoria County History, 1906, The Victoria History of the County of Devon, 361 (Article in Serial). SDV238214.

Worth, R. H., 1936, 55th Report on Barrows, 49, pl.3,4 (Article in Serial). SDV357808.

(The cist is on the same alignment as a fragment of stone row at SX 67 NW 64).

Birkett Dixon, C. E., 1952, 70th Report on Barrows, 252, no.66 (Article in Serial). SDV165393.

Ancient Monuments, 1960, Schedule note (Schedule Document). SDV263547.

(July 1960) Round barrows on Lakehead Hill. Rectangular cist about 914mm by 305mm in clearing of woodland beside path.

Royal Air Force, 1964, F63/58/6399, 028-029 (Aerial Photograph). SDV229824.

Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association, 1976, Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party (Report - non-specific). SDV248248.

Cist. Associated with cairn. Marked on Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Included in 1955 Spooner / Dixon report: (Lakehead Bellever Laughter), site No.9. Site No.9a in Bellever Plantation, Lakehead (with sketch map) in DNP field report.
(1976) Only slight traces can now be seen. The cist is in perfect condition, however the cover stone is missing. When excavated, broken pottery, several flint scrapers and knives were found. Has not been planted over.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 149 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(07/09/1972) Cist on Lakehead Hill in clearance on edge of plantation. Cist placed south-south-east by north-north-west - all four slabs in position. Excavated c.1892, sherds of two pots found, probably bronze age, smaller has a rim probably of a coarse Beaker of Gorsey Bigbury (in Somerset) or related type. Flint instruments included three excellent scrapers, some wood charcoal but no traces of bone or bone ash. Sherds, scraper and flint in Plymouth City Museum.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX67NW11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV263555.

(21/11/1979) On the NW slope of Lakehead Hill at 417m OD is the remains of a cist in a forestry clearing. Aligned NW/SE, and in good condition, it measures 0.95m long by 0.55m wide and 0.4m above ground level.
There is no surrounding cairn but excavation spoil from the cist lies to the N. The cist is now as amended on Worth's plan. See also ground photograph.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and 1:2500 on AO 25".

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 484 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Additional bibliography.

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

Not visible on RAF 1951 aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144623 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(09/07/1997) Cairn and cist forming part of a ritual complex on Lakehead Hill. Diameter 8m, height 0.1m. Cist 0.9m by 0.55m, oriented north-west by south-east. Now backfilled. Stands up to 0.4m above ground surface. Lies in centre of 4m diameter and 0.1m deep hollow. In small clearing adjoining main one. Does not appear to have been planted over although roots may have caused damage.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 50-51, fig 27.13 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Site depicted and described by Butler in 1991.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(22/11/1993) SX 64267769. A cist sited on the north-west, upper slopes of Lakehead Hill within its own clearing at the edge of conifer plantation. It is constructed from four granite slabs of approximately 0.2m thick, set on their sides to form a rectangular chamber measuring internally 0.8m by 0.5m by 0.35m deep. The largest of the slabs is 1.35m long. The coverstone is now missing and all that remains of the associated cairn is a small stoney mound on the north side of the cist.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2014, Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape (Leaflet). SDV357070.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165393Article in Serial: Birkett Dixon, C. E.. 1952. 70th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 84. Unknown. 252, no.66.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 50-51, fig 27.13.
SDV229824Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. F63/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 028-029.
SDV238214Article in Serial: Victoria County History. 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. Unknown. 361.
SDV248248Report - non-specific: Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association. 1976. Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Bound.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 484.
SDV263547Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1960. Schedule note. The Schedule of Monuments.
SDV263555Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX67NW11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 149.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144623.
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.
SDV345618Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1898. 17th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 30. A5 Hardback. 77-8, pl.1,2.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #135556 ]
SDV357070Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2014. Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape. Dartmoor National Park Authority Publication. A5 Stapled.
SDV357808Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1936. 55th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 68. Unknown. 49, pl.3,4.

Associated Monuments

MDV5930Related to: Stone alignment on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5873Related to: Stone alignment with cist on Lakehead Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV6643 - BEAKER (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)
  • FDV7751 - KNIFE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)
  • FDV6644 - SCRAPER (TOOL) (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels
  • EDV8496 - Excavation of cairn, Lakehead Hill
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 14 2022 8:57AM