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Cist east of Hangershell Rock

A Scheduled Monument in Harford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4186 / 50°25'6"N

Longitude: -3.8909 / 3°53'27"W

OS Eastings: 265761.763534

OS Northings: 59345.479921

OS Grid: SX657593

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.3285

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RY.60R

Entry Name: Cist east of Hangershell Rock

Scheduled Date: 25 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012231

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10544

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Harford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ugborough St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


Many examples of prehistoric funerary monuments are preserved on Dartmoor,
mostly dating to the Bronze Age (c.2500-500 BC). To celebrate or commemorate
the dead, mounds of earth or stone were piled in a roughly hemispherical
shape over the burial, which was sometimes contained in a small rectangular
structure, or cist, made of stone slabs. Some monuments also include
kerbstones marking the outer edge of the mound and a surrounding ditch.
This cist lies 250 m. east of Hangershell Rock, 130 m. east of Butterdon
Hill stone alignment and is freestanding. The cist is orientated north-east/
south-west, both end slabs and one side slab are in place, but the other
side and the capstone are missing. The cist is 0.4 m. deep, 0.63 m. long and
0.5 m. wide at the north end and tapers to 0.33 m. at the southern end.

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 provides 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.
This partly preserved cist is significant in its relationship to burial
cairns, standing stones and the stone alignment on Butterdon Hill. Together
they indicate the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of
prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978)
Devon County SMR (SX 65 NE 003),

Source: Historic England

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