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Cist 365m west of Grim's Grave

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.481 / 50°28'51"N

Longitude: -3.9623 / 3°57'44"W

OS Eastings: 260874.811001

OS Northings: 66412.085501

OS Grid: SX608664

Mapcode National: GBR Q5.D20S

Mapcode Global: FRA 27LS.G5Q

Entry Name: Cist 365m west of Grim's Grave

Scheduled Date: 18 September 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015755

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28795

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

This monument includes a cist situated on a north facing slope overlooking the
Langcombe Brook. The cist survives as a 0.72m long, 0.5m wide and 0.3m deep
stone lined pit aligned east to west. The cist protrudes 0.15m above the
present land surface, and although no mound is visible it may survive as a
buried feature beneath deep peat deposits.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite partial excavation the cist 365m west of Grim's Grave survives
comparatively well within an area containing a large number of broadly
contemporary funerary monuments. The deep peat deposits associated with the
cist will contain environmental and archaeological information.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1994), 153

Source: Historic England

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