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HER Number:MDV5847
Name:Cairn with cist north-west of Powder Mills

Summary

A cairn containing a cist situated on a south east facing slope overlooking the valley of the Cherry Brook. The cairn survives as a 5.8 metre diameter and 0.5 metre high mound containing a central pit which is defined on its northern side by a 1.4 metre long and 0.55 metre deep slab of stone. This stone represents one side of a cist which has been damaged by partial excavation or robbing. A small number of edge set stones around the periphery of the mound suggests the presence of a kerb which survives largely as a buried feature. Scheduled.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 626 778
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW16
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442555
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/14
  • Old SAM County Ref: 916B
  • Old SAM Ref: 28721.02

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Breton, H. H., 1926, The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow, 34-5 (Monograph). SDV265360.

Worth, R. H., 1938, 57th Report of the Barrow Committee, 61 (Article in Serial). SDV320309.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67NW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV263514.

(06/09/1950) The cist is oriented north-west by south-east and is open with the south-west side stone and the end stone buried beneath the turf. Internal dimensions 1.3m by 0.85m depth 0.5m. The mound, which is slight with a height of 0.3m is much disturbed. Judging by the remains of the retaining circle of which six stones can be seen the diameter of the mound was 4.5m. Condition of the cist is fair, of mound poor.

Ancient Monuments, 1972, Schedule note (Schedule Document). SDV263506.

(05/10/1972) A stone cist in a small mound c.5.75m diameter. Not all the side-slabs are visible, and the top slab is missing. Signs of a possible smallscale kerb. Obviously robbed.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 148, Lydford 49 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(12/06/1976) At Stennen Hill. Diameter 4.5m and height 0.3m. A slight mound with retaining circle enclosing cist, placed south-east by north-west, of which only the north-east side-slab is visible.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX67NW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV263510.

(20/11/1979) SX 62607783. On a gentle SE slope at 393m OD is a cairn with a central cist. The cist, aligned NW/SE, measures 1.3m by 0.8m internally and is 0.6m deep. No coverstone is visible. The furze-covered mutilated cairn now extends 8.0m NW to SE and 6.2m NE to SW, with a few stones of the retaining circle visible to the NW.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 and 1:2500 for AO Records.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(19/07/1989) Cist as described previously (OS, 1950 and 1979). It is placed centrally in a sub-circular cairn, probably originally 8 by 6m, of which only a stone scatter remains on the arc NW to NE; no certain kerbstones were obscured on the NW. The S arc, however, still stands up to 0.5m high but is obscured by thick gorse.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 83 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Indication of stone ring/ring cairn beneath cairn.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149298 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Vis=est -/-/1998 (gerrard, s. ) At SX 62607782. A cairn and cist 430m NNW of Powder Mills (mpp).

Sources / Further Reading

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. 83.
SDV263506Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1972. Schedule note. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV263510Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX67NW16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV263514Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67NW16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV265360Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1926. The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow. The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow. Unknown. 34-5.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 148, Lydford 49.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149298.
SDV320309Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1938. 57th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 70. A5 Hardback. 61.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8645 - Powder Mills and Gawler Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 7 2022 10:18AM