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HER Number:MDV6191
Name:Alleged cists, Gidleigh Common


The remains of two alleged cists are reported at this location. Recent field investigation could not locate them and therefore it is thought likely that they are probably natural features.


Grid Reference:SX 657 889
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE22
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443544
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/70

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950?/1974, SX68NE22 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV274323.

(Area centred SX 65708896) Remains of two cists, each surrounded by ruined circle 15 ft in diameter. The capstone of the northern cist has apparently been moved, the southern cist has is barely traceable. About three stones are erect, the rest are half buried (citing H H Breton, undated but likely c. 1925).
These cists are very dubious (R. H. Worth, 07/12/1948).
(30/07/1974) Features identifiable as cists were not located during field investigation. The indicated area falls in sloping open moorland, peat covered, and thickly strewn with boulders.
Information supplied by H H Breton (c. 1925) for this locality, has proved unreliable. It would therefore seem most likely that he misidentified natural surface rock formations.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV274323Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950?/1974. SX68NE22. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. [Mapped feature: #39687 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 25 2022 10:57AM