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HER Number:MDV6342
Name:Cairn and Cist 206 meters north-east of Fox Tor Mire Cross, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Cist and retaining cairn circle north-east of Fox Tor Mire Cross. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 618 703
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cist and retaining cairn circle north-east of Fox Tor Mire Cross

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW41
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/64
  • Pastscape: 443352
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Fox, A., 1969, Swincombe Survey, 4 (Report - Survey). SDV250998.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 153 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn at Fox Tor Mire with an oval retaining ring, enclosed cist placed south-east / north-west. The cairn measures 2.5 meters in diameter north to south and 2.0 meters west to east, and is 0.3 meters in height. (Visited 20/9/1975)

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

Not visible.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 73, D23 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Ring setting, 1.7 meters internal diameter, around central cist. Other details: D23.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 220-221, Map 64, Figur 64.3 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Goldsmith's Cross E. '2' cairn at SX61807031 of 2.5 metres diameter surrounding a cist. The covering mound has gone but the fair sized slabs of the retaining circle and all four sides of the cist are in place and stand prominently above the turf. The oval retaining circle closely surrounding the cist is exceptionally small, only 2.5 metres across and in contact with one end of the cist.

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.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443352, SX67SW41 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 15th June 1950. Cist and retaining circle. Western end stone of the cist leans slightly inwards, but otherwise this is a perfect cist, although the cover stone is missing. The cist is orientated north-west by south-east. The retaining circle consists of seven stones all standing. There is no sign of a barrow.
Field Investigation on 12th August 1977. A cairn circle and cist with no evidence of the cairn
remaining. The cist measures 0.75 metres by 0.5 metres with a depth of 0.4 metres. Two end stones and two side stones are in situ but no coverstone. Seven stones of the circle remain all standing.
Field Investigation on 8th June 1988. At SX 61797031. An ovoid cairn circle and a cist are on a gentle north-facing slope. The cairn circle, with seven upright granite slabs, measures 2.4 metres north-east to south-west by 1.7 metres north-west to south-east. It encloses the cist, orientated north-west to south-east, measuring 0.8 metres by 0.5 metres internally and with a depth of 0.4 metres. There is no trace of a coverstone or any cairn material.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn Circle and Cist' marked on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 73, D23.
SDV250998Report - Survey: Fox, A.. 1969. Swincombe Survey. Unknown. 4.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 153.
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. 220-221, Map 64, Figur 64.3.
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.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #129215 ]
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443352, SX67SW41.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV61775Related to: Cist with trace of a cairn 330 metres north-east of Fox Tor Mire Cross, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8630 - Fox Tor Newtake Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 14 2021 11:24AM