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HER Number:MDV5884
Name:Cairn and cist 380m west of Bellever Tor

Summary

A cairn lying on a gentle west facing slope; prior to afforestation it would have overlooked the valley of the Cherry Brook. The cairn survives as a 7.7 metre diameter and 0.8 metre high mound denoted on its eastern side by at least five edge set stones standing up to 0.35 metres high. In the centre of the mound is a substantial cist, measuring 1.4 metres long by 0.48 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep, which is aligned NNW to SSE. The northern end stone appears to be missing and the eastern edge stone has slipped inwards. To the west of the cist and partially overhanging it is a substantial slab measuring 1.84 metres long by 1.48 metres wide and 0.35 metres thick. This stone represents the capstone discarded during robbing. The cist had already been disturbed before it was investigated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1901. Scheduled.

Location

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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW43
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442632
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/36
  • Old SAM Ref: 28684

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262732.

Des=adas record sheet/in smr. Vis=15/2/1995 (adas) stable.

Burnard, R., 1891, Dartmoor Pictorial Records, II, pg 38 (Article in Serial). SDV222204.

Baring Gould, S., 1901, 7th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 136 (Article in Serial). SDV249499.

Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 114 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.

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

Worth, R. H., 1935, 54th Report on Barrows, 78, pl. 4 (Article in Serial). SDV346265.

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67NW43, Sketch plan, photograph (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV262722.

(31/08/1950) 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.

Birkett Dixon, C. E., 1952, 70th Report on Barrows, 252 (Article in Serial). SDV165393.

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 in cairn with part of retaining circle. Cist (side stones length 1.2m, length 1.37m, southern end 1.14m, coverstone (length 1.5m, 1.3m thick) No. 2b in Bellever Plantation, Bellever Tor (with sketch map) in DNP field report.

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

(12/09/1973) Diameter 10.0m north-south and 8.0m west-east. Height 0.9m. Cairn with signs of inner retaining circle 4.7m in diameter, enclosing cist, placed SSE by NNW, slightly south of centre. North-western slab missing. Cairn is sited west of Bellever Tor.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX67NW43 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV262716.

(02/11/1979) SX 64087646. On the west slope of Bellever Tor at 420m. O.D. is a cairn with a cist and part of a retaining circle (see ground photographs). The cairn is much spread and disturbed and measures 9.7m. from north to south, 8.1m. from east to west, and 0.5m. high. The retaining circle protrudes from the southern half of the cairn material and is about 5.5m. in diameter The cist is orientated NW/SE and measures 1.3m. long by 0.5m. wide and 0.4m. deep with a coverstone to the west as shown on Worth's plan.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on M.S.D. and at 1:2500 for A.O. Records.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP, No. 2b (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on NMR 1977 aerial images.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 75, E26 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 4.5m internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.3m high with central cist. Fire break material added to western side of cairn.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144247 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(08/07/1997) Two cairns, one containing a cist and a standing stone lying west of Bellever Tor and forming part of a cairn cemetery.
Height 0.3m, length 7.8m, width 7.7m. Kerbed with cist.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 52-3; fig 27.14 (Monograph). SDV219155.

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

(04/11/1993) SX 64087646. This site is as recorded by th Ordnance Survey (1979). The northern side of the cairn has been damaged by stone clearance prior to tree planting. The site is protected by Forestry Commission antiquity markers.

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.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 114.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 52-3; fig 27.14.
SDV222204Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1891. Dartmoor Pictorial Records. Dartmoor Pictorial Records. 2. Unknown. II, pg 38.
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. 75, E26.
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.
SDV249499Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1901. 7th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 136.
SDV262716Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX67NW43. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV262722Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67NW43. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Sketch plan, photograph.
SDV262732Migrated Record:
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144247.
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. No. 2b.
SDV346265Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1935. 54th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 67. A5 Hardback. 78, pl. 4.
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. S. A. J. Probert.
SDV357070Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2014. Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape. Dartmoor National Park Authority Publication. A5 Stapled.

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
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 14 2022 3:26PM