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HER Number:MDV5952
Name:Cairn and Cist north-east of Smith Hill Farm


Prehistoric cairn enclosing a cist to the north-east of Smith Hill Farm


Grid Reference:SX 635 754
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: 442671
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/78
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW54
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1939, 58th Report on Barrows, 69 (Article in Serial). SDV266637.

Dunnabridge ommon, near Black Newtake. This kistvaen lies outside the newtake wall, towards Smith Hill. The coverstone is missing but all four sides are in place. There is the remains of a retaining circle the stones of which are 1.2 metres distant from the kist. Other details: Plate 2.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67NW54 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346901.

A small cairn 0.5 metres high and 3.0 metres in diameter. No trace of retaining circle. The mound consists of earthbound stones, three of which are bared in the centre. Does not resemble a cist. Other details: Plan.

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

Site visited on 23rd May 1976 by Grinsell and Turner. Diameter 3.0 metres. Remains of retaining circle enclosing cist, placed almost south to north but slightly west of north. All four sides remain, but capstone is missing. Other details: Lydford 65.

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.

Cairn and cist. The cairn is apparently turf built as no stone was identified by probing.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 76 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

E37. Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 3.5 metres internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.2 metres high. Central cist with capstone.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 27 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Cairn 9 is a slight mound with a small central cist with all four stones in place but with the cover slab missing. There is no trace of the retaining circle but the two stones outside the long sides of the cist probably form part of an inner ring. Other details: Map 27, Site 20, Figure 27.14, Cairn 9.

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

Cairn and cist north-east of Smith Hill Farm were considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 122.

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

Shown as a cairn.

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

Within outline shown.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442671 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346902.

On a south-west slope in an area of rough grass, is the remains of a cairn with a cist. The cairn has diameters of 6.7 metres by 8.4 metres but there is now no evidence of the retaining circle mentioned by Worth. The cist 1.2 metres by 0.4 metres and is 0.4 metres deep. There is no trace of a coverstone.

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. 27.
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. 76.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV266637Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1939. 58th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 71. A4 Bound. 69.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 150.
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.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96435 ]
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346901Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67NW54. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346902National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442671. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV5950Related to: Cairn 8 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 4 2017 10:58AM