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HER Number:MDV5969
Name:Possible cist east of Higher White Tor


This site was apparently excavated in 1827, when human hair was found (Grinsell cites Bray), but this site has not been located since this time - site / location not confirmed.


Grid Reference:SX 622 786
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW80
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442735
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/96

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Bray, A. E., 1879, The Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy (Vol 1) New 3rd? Edition, 115 (Article in Serial). SDV247402.

Burnard, R., 1890, Notes on Dartmoor Kistvaens, 201 (Article in Serial). SDV265355.

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

"The cist on east side of Great Whiten Tor, Postbridge" (Higher White Tor at SX 619785) was examined and revealed faint indications of bone ash contained in a pit 1foot 10inches diameter and 1foot 4inches deep. The pit was covered by a flat stone nearly 2 feet square. The coverstone of the cist had been removed to one side.
(No precise siting given, but the implication of the account is that the cist was well known. It may be SX 67 NW 15 if not it possibly falls about SX 622786)

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 149 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Human hair found in a cist here, excavated by John Hannaford circa 1827 (citing Bray).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67NW80 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV247400.

(20/02/1980) A cist could not be located on the east slope of Higher White Tor which is presumably synonymous with Great Whiten Tor, a name not known locally.
The dimensions do not correspond to those of SX 67 NW 15.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling. No trace has been seen of this site since excavation in 19th century.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV247400Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67NW80. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
SDV247402Article in Serial: Bray, A. E.. 1879. The Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy (Vol 1) New 3rd? Edition. The Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy. 1. Digital. 115.
SDV249499Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1901. 7th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 136.
SDV265355Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1890. Notes on Dartmoor Kistvaens. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. A5 Hardback. 201.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 149.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 15 2022 4:47PM