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Cist with a retaining kerb north-west of Corringdon Ball

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4349 / 50°26'5"N

Longitude: -3.8758 / 3°52'32"W

OS Eastings: 266878.848871

OS Northings: 61132.598826

OS Grid: SX668611

Mapcode National: GBR QB.804P

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RX.5VL

Entry Name: Cist with a retaining kerb north-west of Corringdon Ball

Scheduled Date: 14 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010180

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10780

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Brent St Petroc

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This cist lies on a west-facing slope above Corringdon Leat, north-west of the
summit of Corringdon Ball. A retaining kerb 5m in diameter, consisting of
eight stones, surrounds the cist. The coverstone, which measures over a metre
in length and width and up to 40cm in thickness, lies at an angle on top of
slabs and stones which are set on edge, forming the cist.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in southern Britain and,
because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most
complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The
great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provide direct evidence
for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards.
The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites,
major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as
later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes
in the pattern of land use through time. Cists are small rectangular stone
structures used for burial purposes and date to the Bronze Age. On Dartmoor
they are made up of regular stone slabs forming a box-like structure sometimes
topped by a larger coverstone. Short cists survive as free-standing monuments,
with no enclosing stone and earth cairn. On Dartmoor cists are also associated
with cairns, ring cairns and cairnfield groups, but these free-standing
examples form a separate group in their own right. Their longevity, having
been in use for a millennium or so, provides insight into the range of
ceremonial and ritual practices of the contemporary farming communities. The
Dartmoor examples provide one of the best preserved and most dense
concentrations of this class of monument in south-western Britain and, as
such, a high proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

This cist north-west of Corringdon Ball survives well and has potential for
the recovery of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to
the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. It lies close to
a concentration of occupation evidence on Corringdon Ball and south of the
major ceremonial and funerary complex at Glasscombe.

Source: Historic England


SX 66 SE 150, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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