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HER Number:MDV5888
Name:Cist and Cairn 3 south-west of Bellever Tor


Prehistoric cist in the remains of Cairn 3 which is one of ten to the south-west of Bellever Tor


Grid Reference:SX 639 760
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric ring cairn and cist with remains of retaining stone circle circa 650 metres south-west of Bellever Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442645
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/40
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW46
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Burnard, R., 1890, Notes on Dartmoor Kistvaens, 204 (Article in Serial). SDV265355.

At Black Newtake between Bellever Tor and Cherry Brook are the remains of five graves forming an irregular chain with the cist on Bellever Tor. The northern most cist is extremely large, very perfect but the cover stone is missing. It lies in a low mound having an open type retaining circle. About 67 metres to the south-west of this cist lie the remains of a ruined cairn with no evidence of a cist.

Worth, R. H., 1938, 57th Report of the Barrow Committee, 62 (Article in Serial). SDV320309.

Other details: Plate XI.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2465-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67NW46 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346619.

A perfect cist minus coverstone but occurs in bogged land. Four stones of retaining circle remain. Diameter 8.0 metres. Condition of circle fragmentary and on the south east one stone stands in swampy land.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6375, 2/321-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346613.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 150 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 12th September 1973. There are five graves at 'Black Newtake' to the south-west of Bellever Tor. This is the most northerly cairn, diameter 8.0 metres height is slight. A cairn (almost entirely removed) with retaining circle, enclosing cist placed south-south-east to north-north-west.

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

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67NW (Cartographic). SDV346612.

The cairn is very visible as an area of darker vegetation aerail photographs but the cist is not visible.

Probert, S. A. J., 1989, RCHME Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV234023.

Site visited on 22nd June 1989. Well preserved cist in low irregular cairn with remains of kerb. Cist 1.55 metres by 0.70 metres by 0.65 metres deep. Its four upright slabs have a maximum thickness of 0.25 metres, and bottom is reed filled. No coverstone visible.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 71 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

D 5. Ring setting, Black Newtake. Orthostatic circle surrounding a cist. Part of group. 7.3 metres diameter.

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

The distribution of the surviving cairns on Bellever Tor is limited to the western and south-western slopes. There are ten Bellever Tor cairns. Cairn 3 lies in the enclosure known as Black Newtake. Only two pairs of stones remain on opposite sides of the cist though others may be buried. The cist is complete apart from the lack of a cover slab. Other details: Map 27, Site 20, Figure 27.14.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

One of three cairns to the south-west of Bellever Tor considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 102.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Cairn shown on Prehistoric mapping.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

Outline shown.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442645 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346620.

Cist within remains of retaining circle. Circle now has only 4 stones, giving estimated diameter of 7.8 metres. Cist measures 1.55 metres by 0.7 metres internally by 0.8 metres deep. No coverstone.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Cist' shown on modern mapping as a small rectangular feature with four stones to the north-west and south-east.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2465-6.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 52.
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. 71.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV265355Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1890. Notes on Dartmoor Kistvaens. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. A5 Hardback. 204.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 150.
SDV320309Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1938. 57th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 70. A5 Hardback. 62.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96201 ]
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346613Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6375. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/321-9.
SDV346619Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67NW46. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346620National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442645. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV5889Related to: Cairn 5 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5951Related to: Cairn 7 or Hut Circle south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5950Related to: Cairn 8 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5890Related to: Cist and Cairn 6 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5891Related to: Cist of Cairn 10 to south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 18 2013 10:08AM