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HER Number:MDV5884
Name:CIST in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest


Remains of a barrow with a 4' x 3' cist (plan) within some stones of a 15 ft diameter retaining circle (rchm citing worth).


Grid Reference:SX 640 764
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/36
  • Old SAM Ref: 28684

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=est -/-/1997 (gerrard, s. ) two cairns, one containing a cist and a standing stone lying w of bellever tor and forming part of a cairn cemetery (mpp).

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

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 4.5m internal diam, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.3m high with central cist. Fire break material added to w side of cairn (turner).

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

Vis=31/8/1950 (os) the kist is in a cairn which is completely covered by turf and heather. Diameter of the cairn is 6.5m. Two stones of the retaining circle are uncovered on the north side of the cairn. The kist is in good condition with the cover stone moved to one side. The north east side stone has slipped and is leaning inward. The north west end stone has gone. Bellever newtake. Excavated without result. There remain 2 side stones both leaning toward the centre line of the kist. The kist stands in the remains of a barrow and there are some stones of a retaining circle.

Gerrard, S., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV246637.

Vis=8/7/1997 (gerrard, s. ) height 0.3m, length 7.8m, width 7.7m. Kerbed with cist.

GRINSELL + BRAIN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV248955.

Vis=12/9/1973 (grinsell + brain) diameter 10,0m n/s and 8.0m w/e. Height 0.9m. Cairn with signs of inner retaining circle 4.7m in diameter, enclosing cist, placed sse/nnw, slightly s of centre. Nw slab missing. Cairn is sited w of bellever tor.

RCHM CITING WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262709.

Remains of a barrow with a 4' x 3' cist (plan) within some stones of a 15 ft diameter retaining circle (rchm citing worth).

SIDE STONES LENG 1.2M, LENG 1.37M, S END 1.14M, COVERSTONE(LENG 1.5M, THIC 1.3M, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262710.

Cist in cairn with part of retaining circle. Cist(side stones leng 1.2m, leng 1.37m, s end 1.14m, coverstone(leng 1.5m, thic 1.3m) no.2b in bellever plantation, bellever tor (with sketch map) in dnp field report.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262714.

Not visible on nmr 1977 (rchm app 1985).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV262716.

Vis=2/11/1979 (os) cist and part of a retaining circle. Cairn is much spread and disturbed and measures 9.7m. Ns, 8.1m. Ew, and 0.5m. High. The retaining circle protrudes from the s half of the cairn material and is about 5.5m. In diameter the cist is oriented nw/se and measures 1.3m. By 0.5m. By 0.4m. Deep with a coverstone to the w as shown on worth's plan (nmr citing os).

NMR CITING PROBERT, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV262717.

Vis=4/11/1993 (rchm) as recorded by os the n side of the cairn has been damaged by stone clearance prior to tree planting. The site is protected by forestry commission antiquity markers (nmr citing probert).

ADAS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV262718.

Vis=15/2/1995 (adas) stable.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262722.

Osa=sx67nw43/sketch plan, photograph.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262723.

Worth, r. H. /tda/67(1935)78,pl.4,/fifty-fourth report on barrows.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262724.

Birkett dixon, c. E. /tda/84(1952)252/seventieth report on barrows.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262725.

Dnp/conservation of ancient monuments ms field report(1976).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262726.

Burnard, r. /tda/22(1890)203/notes on dartmoor kistvaens.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262727.

Burnard, r. /tda/33(1901)136/7th report of the dartmoor exploration committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262728.

Worth, r. H. /tda/34(1902)114/21st report of the barrow committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262729.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)150.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262730.

Burnard, r.(1891) dartmoor pictorial records ii. Plymouth. P.38.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262731.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)75/e26.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262732.

Des=adas record sheet/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262733.

Des=probert, s. A. J. /(4/11/1993)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262734.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262735.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/2(1991)52-3;fig 27.14.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV246637Migrated Record: Gerrard, S..
SDV248955Report - Survey: GRINSELL + BRAIN.
SDV262709Migrated Record: RCHM CITING WORTH.
SDV262710Migrated Record: SIDE STONES LENG 1.2M, LENG 1.37M, S END 1.14M, COVERSTONE(LENG 1.5M, THIC 1.3M.
SDV262714Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV262716Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV262717Report - Survey: NMR CITING PROBERT.
SDV262718Report - Survey: ADAS.
SDV262722Migrated Record:
SDV262723Migrated Record:
SDV262724Migrated Record:
SDV262725Migrated Record:
SDV262726Migrated Record:
SDV262727Migrated Record:
SDV262728Migrated Record:
SDV262729Migrated Record:
SDV262730Migrated Record:
SDV262731Migrated Record:
SDV262732Migrated Record:
SDV262733Migrated Record:
SDV262734Migrated Record:
SDV262735Migrated 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..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

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:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM