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HER Number:MDV6244
Name:Western of two cairns on Blakey Tor, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Western of two cairns with cists on Blakey Tor, south of Blackbrook River. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 612 735
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Pair of prehistoric cairns with cists north of Royal Hill, south of the Blackbrook River

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW11
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/14
  • Pastscape: 443262
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CIST (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Duchy of Cornwall, 1818, Map of Freehold and Early Enclosures of Dartmoor (Cartographic). SDV237263.

Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 116 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.

Worth, R. H., 1912, 31st Report of the Barrow Committee, 83-4 (Article in Serial). SDV233835.

Cist has been rifled. Coverstone thrown to one side. Other details: Plate 1.

Worth, R. H., 1928, 47th Report of the Barrow Committee, 77-8 (Article in Serial). SDV345669.

Other details: Plate 6 Figure 3.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 152 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Slight cairn enclosing cist placed south-east to north-west. Capstone to the north-west. Diameter of the cairn is 4.5 meters, height is 0.3 meters. This is the more westerly of the two cists on Blakey Tor. (19/7/1974)

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on Royal Air Force aerial photographs.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Two cairns on Blakey Tor (Report - Survey). SDV237264.

The remains of this cairn and cist are situated on a slight north-west slope of a rounded high point at 372 meters above sea level at SX61247354, with extensive views on all but the south side. It lies amidst a scattered spread of large natural earthfast boulders on a rather uneven peat layer covered by close cropped moorland pasture. The cairn measures approximately 4.2 meters by 3.9 meters and is up to 0.45 meters high; (although the perimeter is now ill-defined the mound is not 7.8 meters across as stated by Attrill). Stones protrude through the turf and there is an irregular ? upcast mound on the top; no kerb can be seen. The incomplete cist is oriented north-west by south-east. It measures about 0.85 meters long, 0.4 meters to 0.55 meters wide and 0.25 meters deep internally. The upright western side slab is 0.9 meters by 0.2 meters by 0.25 meters and the surviving end slab is 0.4 meters by 0.2 meters by 0.25 meter. The east side is formed by a flat-sided boulder which is approximately 1.1 meters long, at least 0.6 meters thick and 0.25 meters high. The south-east side is open. The coverstone is 1.7 meters by 0.7 meters by 0.4 meters and leans against the western side of the cist.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 230-232, Map 65, Figure 65.5 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Blakey Tor W. cairn at SX61227355 of 4.0 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high with a cist. Remains of a mound around the cist. The capstone, a bulky slab, is propped to one side and one of the end stones has gone, probably buried.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

'Cist' shown on modern mapping.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443262, SX67SW11 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visit 5th September 1951Cist with no end stone. Measures 1.1 meters by 0.61 meters 0.38 meters deep.
Field Investigation on 4th February 1980. At SX 61247355, on a slight north-west slope at 372 metres OD. is the remains of a possible cist. Only two boulders are visible (the coverstone and the eastern side stone) and the remainder, one side stone and one end stone (implied by touch). The open-ended box, 1.0 metre by 0.5 metres and 0.3 metres deep lies within an irregular shaped peaty
mound 4.5 metres by 7.8 metres and 0.5 metres high, possibly a peated up cairn.
Field Investigation on 1st February 1989. At SX 61247354. The remains of this cairn and cist are situated on a slight north-west slope of a rounded high point at 372 metres OD; there are extensive views on all but the south side. It lies amidst a scattered spread of large natural earthfast boulders on a rather uneven peat layer covered by close cropped moorland pasture. The cairn measures circa 4.2 metres by 3.9 metres and is up to 0.45 metres high. Stones protrude through the turf and there is an irregular upcast mound on the top; no kerb can be seen. The incomplete cist is oriented north-west to south-east. It measures about 0.85 metres long by 0.4 metres to 0.55 metres wide and 0.25 metres deep internally. The upright west side slab is 0.9 metres by 0.2 metres by 0.25 metres and the surviving end slab is 0.4 metres by 0.2 metres by 0.25 metres. The east side is formed by a flat-sided boulder which is circa 1.1 metres long, at least 0.6 metres thick and 0.25 metres high. The south-east side is open. The coverstone is 1.7 metres by 0.7 metres by 0.4 metres and leans against the west side of the cist.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 116.
SDV233835Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1912. 31st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 44. Unknown. 83-4.
SDV237263Cartographic: Duchy of Cornwall. 1818. Map of Freehold and Early Enclosures of Dartmoor. Unknown.
SDV237264Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Two cairns on Blakey Tor. 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. 152.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 230-232, Map 65, Figure 65.5.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97023 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345669Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1928. 47th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 60. Unknown. 77-8.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443262, SX67SW11.

Associated Monuments

MDV6245Related to: Eastern of two cairns on Blakey Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8628 - Tor Royal Farm Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2021 11:41AM