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HER Number:MDV5842
Name:Cist on Lakehead Hill


Cist. Included in 1955 spooner/dixon report: (lakehead bellever laughter) site no.5. Site no.13a. In bellever plantation, lakehead (with sketch map) in dnp field report. Associated with ring cairn.


Grid Reference:SX 643 774
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/10
  • Old SAM County Ref: 454A
  • Old SAM Ref: 28687.5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=est =/-/1997 (gerrard) ring cairn forming part of a ritual complex on lakehead hill (mpp).

TURNER 1990, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243376.

A ring setting 5.5m in diam containing a central cist (turner 1990).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263660.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)149.

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

Vis=-/-/1976 (turner) n. Side stone missing. Capstone.

NMR CITING NEWMAN, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263654.

The site is currently managed, with vegetation around the stones trimmed to ground level (nmr citing newman).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263666.

Des=gerrard, s. /(9/7/1997)/as above.

RCHM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7666.

Vis=22/11/1993 (rchm) stone cist with retaining circle. Cist constructed from 3 stone slabs of 0.2m thick, set on edge to form a rectangular chamber 1m by 0.7m. The fourth stone which would have formed the n side of the chamber is now missing. Placed on top of the cist is an irregularly shaped granite coverstone, 1.8m by 1.2m by 0.25m thick. The coverstone does not sit correctly on the sides and rocks when depressed. Surrounding the cist is a retaining circle of 10 upright stones set edge up to 1m wide at base and 0.7m high. The average thickness is 0.3m. A further stone, on the sw portion of the circle, probably in its original position is just breaking ground surface. The ground within and around the circle is mostly flat though there is a shallow erosion hollow on the nw side of the cist. A stony mound 1.2m n of the circle, 2.4m by 1m by 0.2m high, is likely to be all that remains of any associated cairn.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=7/9/1972 (grinsell) diameter 6.0m, height is slight. Slight cairn at lakehead hill with retaining circle enclosing cist placed ese/wnw with capstone in place(grinsell).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263664.

Des=newman, p. /(22/11/1993)/rchme field investigation.

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

Vis=8/1/1952 (os) cist in excellent condition being a lidded chamber, 2.0m x 1.0m.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263662.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)64 72 fig 27/no d10.

LAKEHEAD BELLEVER LAUGHTER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV248968.

Cist. Included in 1955 spooner/dixon report: (lakehead bellever laughter) site no.5. Site no.13a. In bellever plantation, lakehead (with sketch map) in dnp field report. Associated with ring cairn.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263650.

Looks like a cairn circle on raf 1951 ap and described as such on 1:10560 1954 os map. The cist is not visible (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263665.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263657.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263658.

Worth, r. H. /tda/67(1935)79/54th report on barrows. Fig.10 (plan) & pl. Vi fig.9.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV263661.

Aph=raf 540/483/3046-3047(24/4/1951).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263659.

Dnp/conservation of ancient monuments ms field report/(1976)50;fig 27.13.

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV263648.

Vis=16/11/1979 (os) cairn circle comprising 10 stones 0.2m to 0.7m high, forming a circle 5.7m in diam with a centrally placed cist as planned by worth, except that the fallen stone to n is absent. Aligned wnw-ese the cist measures 1.1m by 0.6m and is 0.4m deep. The interior of the circle is flat and turf-covered (nmr citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV263663.

Butler, j/dartmoor atlas of antiquities - the north/2(1991)50.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV243376Migrated Record: TURNER 1990.
SDV263648Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV263650Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV263654Migrated Record: NMR CITING NEWMAN.
SDV263657Migrated Record:
SDV263658Migrated Record:
SDV263659Migrated Record:
SDV263660Migrated Record:
SDV263661Aerial Photograph:
SDV263662Migrated Record:
SDV263663Migrated Record:
SDV263664Migrated Record:
SDV263665Migrated Record:
SDV263666Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV357070Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2014. Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape. Dartmoor National Park Authority Publication. A5 Stapled.
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..
SDV7666Migrated Record: RCHM.

Associated Monuments

MDV52762Related to: Ring cairn on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5930Related to: Stone alignment on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5873Related to: Stone alignment with cist on Lakehead Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 24 2015 2:14PM