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HER Number:MDV6918
Name:Cist 500 metres south-east of Skaigh Warren


Possible remains of a cairn circle with cist north of Cosdon Hill, south-east of Skaigh Warren. Several earth-fast stone slabs remain but no trace of a retaining circle has been identified since the 1950s. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 636 930
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of a prehistoric cairn with cist 500 meters south-east of Skaigh Warren

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 444147
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/44
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 63,209,222 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1974, SX69SW6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV270315.

Remains of cist at SX63589285. The sides of the cist remain and four stones of a containing circle, two of which are 5 inches high and two about 2 feet 6 inches high. The north and south stones are finely shaped and can be seen a long way. Circle diameter 5 feet. It must have been a gem before being mutilated. (Crawford, 1950)
Cist at SX63609306, presumably that noted by Crawford (1950), consisting of two end stones 0.8 metres high and 0.5 metres wide, 1.8 metres apart, orientated north-west / south-east. Between these lie two fallen granite side slabs, 1.5 metres long and 0.5 metres wide. There is now no trace of a retaining circle. (Fletcher, M. J. 1974)

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 170 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Site visited 30/5/1976 Grinsell, L. V. and Turner, J. R.) South Tawton 9. A possible cairn at SX63589306 measuring 3.5 meters in diameter and height 0.1 meters, enclosing four slabs of a possible cist, placed south-south-east / north-north-west.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 207, Map 40, Site 8 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Remains of a possible cairn, consisting of two stone slabs set facing each other, 1.7 metres apart with a pair of longer stone lying between them at SX63579306.
Butler believes these may be the remains of a well-known stone setting called the Eight Rocks which existed on the hillside here until sometime in the 19th century. This was probably the remaining circle of a cairn like the Nine Stones or Nine Maidens on Belstone Common (PRN6865), reputed to come alive and dance (Crossing, 1912).
The surrounding area has been cleared of all available surface; probably to provide material for the nearby enclosure walls.

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.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 207, Map 40, Site 8.
SDV270315Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1974. SX69SW6. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 170.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 63,209,222.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #99008 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6916Related to: Cairn 350 metres south-east of Skaigh Warren (Monument)
MDV13050Related to: Cairn 400 metres south-east of Skaigh Warren (Monument)
MDV6915Related to: Site of stone circle, south-east of Skaigh Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2013 9:01AM