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HER Number:MDV6245
Name:Eastern of two cairns on Blakey Tor, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Eastern 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 613 735
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: SX67SW10
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/15
  • Pastscape: 443259
  • 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.

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 499 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

Worth, R. H., 1912, 31st Report of the Barrow Committee, 84 (Article in Serial). SDV233835.

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

Other details: Plate Vi, figure 3.

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

Slight cairn enclosing cist, placed south-south-east by north-north-west, capstone to nnorth-north-west. The cairn measures 6.4 meters in diameter and 0.3 meters in height. More easterly of 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.

This very well preserved cairn and cist is situated on the slight north slope of a rounded high point once known as Courton Tor (see Duchy of Cornwall, 1818) at 373 meters above sea level (at SX61317355) and has 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 is approximately 4.4 meters by 4.0 meters across and a maximum 0.3 meters high; stone protrudes through the turf but there is no trace of a kerb and its edges are rather ragged. A reed-filled cist is set well into the cairn on a north-north-west by south-south-east axis. The intact chamber measures internally 0.95 meters long, a maximum 0.65 meters wide and 0.45 meters deep; the longest side slab is 1.4 meters by 0.3 meters by 0.45 meters and largest end slab 0.55 meters by 0.2 meters by 0.4 meters. The coverstone against the north-west side of the cist is roughly oval in shape and measures 1.7 meters by 1.3 meters and a maximum 0.25 meters thick.

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

Blakey Tor E. caiirn at SX61307355 of 4.0 metres diameter by 0.2 metres high with a cist. The cover slab has been levered clear of the cist all four sides of which are in place but little remains of the mound.

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, 443259, SX67SW10 (Website). SDV363416.

Cist, one of two on Blakey Tor, south of Blackbrook River. There are small remains of an enclosing barrow. The four side stones are massive and the coverstone measures 1.4 meters by 1.2 meters and rests obliquely against the north west corner. The long axis of the cist is aligned north-west by south-east. (citing Prowse, 1901).
Field Investigation on 21st January 1980. A cairn and cist lie on a north facing slope at 373 metres OD. The cairn has a diameter of 4.5 metres by 3.8 metres and is 0.3 metres high. The cist,
aligned north to south, measures 0.95 metres by 0.6 metres and is 0.4 metres deep with its
cover stone to the north-west.
Field Investigation on 1st February 1989. At SX 61317355. This very well preserved cairn and cist is situated on the slight northern slope of a rounded high point once known as Courton Tor at 373 metres OD and has 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 is approximately 4.4 metres by 4.0 metres across and a maximum 0.3 metres high; stone protrudes through the turf but there is no trace of a kerb and its edges are rather ragged. A reed-filled cist is set well into the cairn on a north-north-west to south-south-east axis. The intact chamber measures internally 0.95 metres long, a maximum 0.65 metres wide and 0.45 metres deep; the longest side slab is 1.4 metres by 0.3 metres by 0.45 metres and largest end slab 0.55 metres by 0.2 metres by 0.4 metres. The coverstone against the north-west side of the cist is roughly oval in shape and measures 1.7 metres by 1.3 metres and a maximum 0.25 metres thick.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233834Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 499.
SDV233835Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1912. 31st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 44. Unknown. 84.
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: #97024 ]
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.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443259, SX67SW10.

Associated Monuments

MDV6244Related to: Western 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