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HER Number:MDV5891
Name:Cist of Cairn 10 to south-west of Bellever Tor


Prehistoric cist within Cairn 10 which is one of ten to the south-west of Bellever Tor


Grid Reference:SX 640 756
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of prehistoric field systems and hut circle settlements, as well as funerary monuments above the Cherry Brook Valley, medieval field system west of Outer Huccaby Ring and deserted Coxlake farmstead as well as the Brimpts Tin Mine leat

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442665
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/42
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW52
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1938, 57th Report of the Barrow Committee, 64 (Article in Serial). SDV320309.

The cist at Dunnabridge, Pound Farm, Newtake has been robbed. Only the west side stone stands erect. The north end stone is missing but its backing stones are still in place. It stands in a much robbed cairn with no trace of a retaining circle.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1951, SX67NW52 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346712.

Cist, remains consist of a slab of granite standing upright, it would appear to be an end stone (0.75 metres high, 0.8 metres long and 0.2 metres wide). At its foot is a slab which is practically buried so impossible to take its dimensions. No traces of a cairn or retaining circle.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 151 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Traces of a cairn (diameter 3 metres) with central cist.

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

Not visible on aerial photograph.

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

A robbed cist, circa 0.6 metres by 1.4 metres. There appears to be no coverstone in the immediate area and no evidence of the cairn mentioned by Worth. This feature has the appearance of a robbed cist.

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 10: all that remains of this cairn is a single slab of a cist separated by a trench from the backing stones which once supported the opposite side stone. Other details: Map 27, Site 20, Figure 27.14, Cairn 10.

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

Cist east of Smith Hill was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 111.

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

Cist shown as three sides of a rectangle.

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

Oval outline shown.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442665 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346713.

On a steep south slope is the feature published as a cist. A levelled area, 1.1 metre by 0.7 metres has been created by cutting into the slope to expose one upright stone 0.7 metres high and 0.8 metres wide which could be mistaken for an end stone. This is on the west side. On the east there is a prone slab, the base of which is earthfast and on the north two horizontally bedded stones which seem to be a natural occurrence. There is no cairn. It is extremely doubtful if this was ever a cist though the excavator may have suspected one; and it cannot in any way be reconciled with the cist recorded by Worth.

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

'Cist' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 52.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 151.
SDV320309Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1938. 57th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 70. A5 Hardback. 64.
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: #96225 ]
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).
SDV346712Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1951. SX67NW52. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346713National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442665. 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)
MDV5888Related to: Cist and Cairn 3 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5890Related to: Cist and Cairn 6 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV25984Related to: Leat supplying Brimpts Tin Mines (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 4 2017 10:58AM