Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, walking the Stone Rows and Stone Circles of Dartmoor
Dartmoor Resource: Guide to Dartmoor Cists

Guide to Dartmoor Cists

This listing started with the list compiled by C.E.B. Dixon when he took over writing the Barrow Committee reports following the death of R.H. Worth in 1950. It was an attempt to collate the cists listed in all the previous Barrow Committee reports largely compiled by Richard Hansford Worth and others from the Dartmoor Exploration Committee with the addition of a few that had been discovered subsequently. There were 102 cists listed in the 70th Barrow Committee report with cists numbered 103 and 106-109 added in the 72nd and 73rd reports. The original list included Corringdon Ball (26) and Cuckoo Ball (29) which are more properly classified as chambered tombs. The Dixon list was extended to 130 entries by Grinsell in his 1978 Dartmoor Barrows survey (filling the inexplicably skipped numbers 104 & 105 in the process). A number of cists discovered in more recent decades have been added including those listed by Turner in 1990 and a few taken from Butler (1991-7). The Dixon number for records after 130 merely represents the order they have been added to the database.

In total there are over 150 entries in the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks database which covers all of the known visible cists on Dartmoor with the exception of a few that are very fragmentary. Butler lists 187 cists including the sites of cists that have been removed (Butler Vol. 5 Appendix 5. pp.279-280) and a very comprehensive listing of over 200 cists, or possible cists, can be found on Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor. Butler points out that cists are widespread and unknown examples were discovered in 12% of the cairns excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration committee which suggests potentially 100 or more cists remain concealed.

A table of these cists without photos and additional notes is available: Table of Dartmoor Cists

Bibliography & references

Butler, Jeremy, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, vol.1: The East, (1991)
Butler, Jeremy, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, vol.2: The North,(1991)
Butler, Jeremy, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, vol.3: The South-West, (1994)
Butler, Jeremy, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, vol.4: The South-East, (1993)
Butler, Jeremy, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Vol. 5. - The Second Millennium B.C. (Devon Books, 1997)
Dixon, C.E.B., Seventieth Report on Barrows, T.D.A. Vol. 84 pp.249-253 (1952)
Dixon, C.E.B., Seventy-second Report on Barrows, T.D.A. Vol. 88 pp.222-224 (1956)
Dixon, C.E.B., Seventy-third Report on Barrows, T.D.A. Vol. 90 pp.230-233 (1958)
Grinsell, L.V., Dartmoor Barrows, Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings No. 36 (1978)
Newman, Phil The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor (English Heritage, 2011)
Pettit, Paul. Prehistoric Dartmoor (David & Charles, 1974)
Turner, J.R., Ring Cairns, stone circles and related monuments on Dartmoor, D.A.S.P. No. 48 pp. 27-86 (1990)
Worth, R.H. Worth's Dartmoor (David & Charles, 1971)
Worth, R.H., Nineteenth Report of the Barrow Committee, T.D.A. Vol. 32 pp.46-54 (1900)

External Links & Resources

The NMRs can be searched on the English Heritage Pastscape website. The simplest method is to use a location search and reduce the range to 250m to narrow the results (increase to 500m if site not found). The Megalithic Portal is another great resource for looking up sites. A detailed listing of over 200 cists can be found on the Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor website.

Pastscape: National Monuments Records
Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor: A List of Dartmoor Cists
Megalithic Portal: Search Page
Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor Kistvaens

Listing of some of the Dartmoor Cists

About the Database Listings

Details of archaeological sites used to be kept in the Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs). These are now held in National Monument Records (NMRs) maintained by English Heritage although these in turn are being merged into Historic Environment Records (HERs). The NMRs contains details of the site and will often include field notes, a limited bibliography and other useful information. Another rich source of such information is Bill Radcliffe's Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor (PMD) website. The records below were compiled independently from books and journals and then matched to the NMR records and then cross-referenced with any corresponding PMD records to ensure accuracy. Each record has a link to corresponding NMR and PMD records, a link to the location on the Ordnance Survey map, a photo (if available) and a link to relevant coverage on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks and a link giving a listing of nearby sites. The HER records are not included as they do not yet have much information but they can be looked up via the PMD records. The author would like to thank Bill Radcliffe for the helpful correspondence whilst checking records. See also: Database and Web Search Tools

Default listing is by Dixon list, click here to order instead by: Site Name, OS, Dixon Number

Wigford Down Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

OS Map: SX 54419 64427
NMR record: SX 56 SW 10
HER record: 2373
Megalithic Portal: 3536
PMD: Wigford Down S.
Alternate name: Wigford Down 1 Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
Short Name: CT:WigfordDown
Butler map: 48.1.1
Grinsell: MEA 7
Turner: E6
DPD: 33
Barrow Report: 12 19
Dimensions (m): 8.5 x 0.6 C
Notes: Turner E6. Dixon #1. Bar Rep. 19. Butler Wigford Down 1 - Vol. 3. Map 48.1 (diagram p.80). Grinsell MEAVY 7.
Nearby sites: SX54426443

Brown Heath (Hook Lake) Encircled Cairn and Cist

OS Map: SX 64114 65327
NMR record: SX 66 NW 48
HER record: 5137
Megalithic Portal: 52166
PMD: Hook Lake Stone row
Alternate name: Hook Lake stone row Encircled Cairn and Cist
Short Name: CT:Hook Lake
Butler map: 55.8
Grinsell: HAR 3
Turner: F11
DPD: 74
Barrow Report: 38
Dimensions (m): 9.2 x 0.8 C
Notes: Dixon Brown Heath Cist #40. Bar Rep. 38. Butler Hook Lake stone row - Vol. 4. Map 55.8 (pp.78-9). Grinsell HARFORD 3. "A double stone row, on Brown Heath, circa 540 feet in length, direction of length N 10o E. At the north end is a stone circle, diameter 31 feet, surrounding a cairn which contains the remains of a cist." Ruined and possibly no longer visible.
Nearby sites: SX64116533

Vixen Tor Cist

OS Map: SX 54240 74391
NMR record: SX 57 SW 5
HER record: 3596
Megalithic Portal: 29932
PMD: Vixen Tor
Alternate name: Vixen Tor 1 Cist
Short Name: CT:Vixen Tor
Butler map: 44.10.1
Grinsell: WHI 2
DPD: 15
Barrow Report: 39
Dimensions (m): 1.2 x 0.5 C
Notes: Dixon #41. Bar Rep. 39. Butler Vol. 3. Map 44.10.1 (diagram p.34). Grinsell WHITCHURCH 2.
Nearby sites: SX54247439

Hentor A Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Guide to the Hentor & Shavercombe Brook Cists
OS Map: SX 59708 65692
NMR record: SX 56 NE 105
HER record: 3511
Megalithic Portal: 45712
PMD: Hen Tor Warren 5
Alternate name: Hen Tor N.5 Cist
Short Name: CT:Hen Tor N5
Butler map: 49.22.5
Grinsell: SHA 30
DPD: 50
Barrow Report: 52
Dimensions (m): 3.5 x 0.3 C
Notes: Dixon #50. Bar Rep. 52. Butler Hen Tor 5 (Cairn 5) - Vol. 3. Map 49.22 (general plan of Hen Tor with diagram of cists pp.146-7). Grinsell SHAUGH PRIOR 30. A cist consisting of two sidestones, one of which has fallen outwards, and an irregular shaped coverstone. Lethbridge p.50 Shavercombe Cist D - diagram p.49. The author of this website was unable to locate this cist in the vicinity of SX 59708 65692 on 13/08/17. The site is clearly difficult to find. The area is dense in bracken and according to Lethbridge the cist is very badly damaged. It is unclear how accurate the grid reference is -although it is quite possible that the problem is simply that it is overgrown and difficult to see.
Nearby sites: SX59716569

Deadman's Bottom D Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Guide to the Langcombe Brook & Deadman's Bottom Cists
OS Map: SX 60960 66730
NMR record: SX 66 NW 38
HER record: 5086
Megalithic Portal: 45731
PMD: Deadman's Bottom S 10
Alternate name: Langcombe Brook 10 Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
Short Name: CT:Deadmans D
Butler map: 50.3.10
Grinsell: SHA 10
Turner: E44
DPD: 45
Barrow Report: 53
Dimensions (m): 0.8 x 0.7 C
Notes: Turner E44. Dixon #55. Bar Rep. 53. Butler Langcombe Brook Cairn 10 - Vol. 3. Map 50.3 (pp.148-54 general plan of Langcombe Brook cairns p.151, diagram of Langcombe cists p.153). Grinsell SHAUGH PRIOR 10. "Cist (listed as 'D' by Worth) found at Deadman's Bottom Langcombe, by Mr Button. Internal dimensions, length 3 feet 8 inches, width 2 feet. The stones are barely visible above grass level. The cover stone is missing." ... "The cairn is 5m in diameter by 0.3m high with a retaining kerb on its northern side. The cist is 0.8m long b 0.7m wide." Lethbridge p.45 Langcombe Cist E - diagram p.43
Nearby sites: SX60966673

Leather Tor Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

OS Map: SX 56325 69524
NMR record: SX 56 NE 8
HER record: 3434
Megalithic Portal: 34457
PMD: Cross Gate
Alternate name: Leather Tor S. Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
Short Name: CT:Leather Tor
Butler map: 45.17
Grinsell: WAL 25
Turner: E20
DPD: 23
Barrow Report: 54
Dimensions (m): 5.5 x 0.4 C
Notes: Turner E20. Dixon #61. Bar Rep. 54. Butler Leather Tor S. - Vol. 3. Map 45.17 (diagram p.52). Grinsell WALKHAMPTON 25. "A cist, consisting of two side stones and an end stone, contained within a barrow surrounded by a 16ft 6 ins diameter Kerb circle."
Nearby sites: SX56336952

Stannon Little Newtake Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

OS Map: SX 65464 81052
NMR record: SX 68 SE 24
HER record: 6616
Megalithic Portal: 37598
PMD: Stannon Newtake
Alternate name: Stannon Newtake E. Ring Setting Cairn and Cist
Short Name: CT:Stannon New
Butler map: 35.21.1
Grinsell: LYD 29
Turner: D16
DPD: 124
Barrow Report: 57
Dimensions (m): 3.9 x 0.3 C
Notes: Turner D16. Dixon #72. Bar Rep. 57. Butler Stannon Newtake E. - Vol. 2. Map 35.21 (diagram p.168). Grinsell LYDFORD 29.
Nearby sites: SX65468105

Stennen Hill No. 3 Cist

OS Map: SX 62610 77830
NMR record: SX 67 NW 16
HER record: 5847
Megalithic Portal: 45737
PMD: Powder Mills E.
Alternate name: Stennen Hill 2 Cist
Short Name: CT:Stennen 2
Butler map: 29.11.2
Butler Vol 5: p.200 & Fig.143
Grinsell: LYD 49
DPD: 111
Barrow Report: 57
Dimensions (m): 5.0 x 0.3 C
Notes: Dixon #77. Bar Rep. 57. Butler Stennen Hill 2 - Vol. 2. Map 29.11 (diagram Vol. 5. p.200). Grinsell LYDFORD 49. Only one large stone remains in the mound of a cairn. Lethbridge photo top p.111.
Nearby sites: SX62617783

Black Newtake (E) No. 5 Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Lakehead Hill
OS Map: SX 63853 75733
NMR record: SX 67 NW 51
HER record: 5950
Megalithic Portal: 45744
PMD: Black Newtake S.
Alternate name: Bellever Tor 8 Ring Setting Cairn and Cist
Short Name: CT:BlackNew E5
Butler map: 27.20.8
Grinsell: LYD 64
Turner: D7
Barrow Report: 57
Dimensions (m): 6.5, 0.9 x 0.4 ? C?
Notes: Turner D7. Dixon #80. Bar Rep 59. Butler Bellever Tor - Vol. 2. Map 27.20.8 (Cairn 8 diagram pp.52-3). Grinsell LYDFORD 64. Further coverage on Lakehead Hill page.
Nearby sites: SX63857573

Dunnabridge Common Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Lakehead Hill
OS Map: SX 63587 75500
NMR record: SX 67 NW 54
HER record: 5952
Megalithic Portal: 37603
PMD: Smith Hill
Alternate name: Bellever Tor 9 Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
Short Name: CT:Dunnabridge
Butler map: 27.20.9
Grinsell: LYD 65
Turner: E37
DPD: 120
Barrow Report: 58
Dimensions (m): 1.2 x 0.4 C
Notes: Turner E37. Dixon #81. Bar Rep. 58. Butler Bellever Tor (Cairn 9) - Vol. 2. Map 27.20.9 (diagram p52-3). Grinsell LYDFORD 65. Lethbridge Cist 3 diagram p.119 and photo bottom p.120.
Nearby sites: SX63597550

Muddy Lakes Newtake Cist

OS Map: SX 62580 75180
NMR record: SX 67 NW 56
HER record: 5894
Megalithic Portal: 45745
PMD: Muddilake Newtake
Short Name: CT:Muddilake
Notes: Dixon #82. Bar Rep. 58 (TDA 71. 1939 illustration p.69). Grinsell LYDFORD 105. This "cist" entry was listed by Dixon, however, it seems a dubious entry. The NMR for a location close to this supposed cairn & cist states: "A hut circle, not a cairn circle". This is not listed by Butler, the relevant map is Vol. 2. Map 29.9. This is almost certainly not a cist. "The measurements do not conform to those of Prowse but nothing else can be seen in the vicinity. It is most unlikely that these stones represent the remains of a cist, but are a natural occurrence."
Nearby sites: SX62587518

Goldsmith's Cross E.3. Cist

OS Map: SX 61741 70204
NMR record: SX 67 SW 50
HER record: 6343
Megalithic Portal: 45748
PMD: Goldsmith's Cross
Alternate name: Goldsmith's Cross E.3 Cist
Short Name: CT:GoldsmithE3
Butler map: 64.5.3
Grinsell: LYD 94
DPD: 95
Barrow Report: 58
Dimensions (m): 4.0 x 0.2 C
Notes: Dixon #85 (Fox Tor Newtake No. 2). Bar Rep. 58. Butler Goldsmith's Cross E.3. - Vol. 4. Map 64.5 (Cairn 3 - diagram p.221). Grinsell LYDFORD 94. "The NW sidestone, 0.8m long by 0.2m wide and the NE endstone 0.6m long, 0.15m wide are the only recognisable cist stones though it is possible that the SW side was formed by the two small slabs still visible and depicted by Worth. There is no coverstone". Lethbridge diagram p.93, photo bottom left p.95.
Nearby sites: SX61747020

Dunnabridge Pound Farm Newtake Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Lakehead Hill
OS Map: SX 64086 75688
NMR record: SX 67 NW 52
HER record: 5891
Megalithic Portal: 45751
PMD: Dunnabridge Newtake
Alternate name: Bellever Tor 10 Cist
Short Name: CT:DunPound Fm
Butler map: 27.20.10
Butler Vol 5: p.60 & Fig.39
Grinsell: LYD 66
DPD: 121
Barrow Report: 59
Dimensions (m): 0.8 x 0.2 C
Notes: Dixon #87. Bar Rep 59. Butler Bellever Tor - Vol. 2. Map 27.20.10 (Cairn 10 diagram pp.52-3). Grinsell LYDFORD 66. Only one side of this cist remains. Further coverage on Lakehead Hill page. Lethbridge Cist 4 diagram p.119 and photo top p.121.
Nearby sites: SX64097569

Brent Moor House Cist

OS Map: SX 68020 64030
NMR record: SX 66 SE 3
HER record: 5744
Megalithic Portal: 45754
PMD: Brent Moor House
Short Name: CT:Brent Moor
Grinsell: BRE 3
Barrow Report: 65
Notes: Dixon #91. Bar Rep. 65. Butler Vol. 4. Map 57.9 (not actually covered in Butler but relevant map). Grinsell SOUTH BRENT 3. "A cist lies on the right bank of the Avon, a short distance above Brent Moor House, about 175 feet below the small stream which flows south of Riders Rings ... The cist, which consists of two end stones and one side stone, stands in a small cairn." Doubtful.

(grinsell) "supposed cairn of large stones, enclosing possible cist placed se-nw. The whole area is covered with clitter, and it is possible that the site may be natural. In summer it is under dense bracken. No measurements given."
Nearby sites: SX68026403

Erme Pound (Near) Cist

OS Map: SX 63920 65510
NMR record: SX 66 NW 62
HER record: 28585
Megalithic Portal: 45758
PMD: Erme Pound
Short Name: CT:Erme Pound
Grinsell: HAR 2
Turner: D29
Dimensions (m): 3.7 x 0.3 (?)
Notes: Dixon #96. Grinsell HARFORD 2. According to the NMR record "noted by Hankin in July 1976, perhaps in a small cairn diameter 3.7m and height 0.3m. It is now filled in and Grinsell failed to locate it, 'it seems never to have been planned if it ever existed.'" This cist was listed by Dixon in 1952 70th Barrow Report (T.D.A Vol 84) with Dixon #96. It is not listed in prior Barrow Reports - and appears towards end of Dixon's list, so presumably discovered/reported late 40s to 1952. Not listed by Butler (area covered in Vol. 4. Map 55). Not listed in Hankin's 'An archaeological check-list for Harford'.
Nearby sites: SX63926551

Knackersmill Gulf N. Cist

OS Map: SX 63384 65592
NMR record: SX 66 SW 96
HER record: 13185
Megalithic Portal: 45759
PMD: Stinger's Hill
Short Name: CT:Stingers
Butler Vol 5: p.180 & Fig.122
Grinsell: COR 8
DPD: 73
Dimensions (m): 4 x 0.6
Notes: Butler Map 55.7 (diagram Vol. 5. p.180). Grinsell CORNWOOD 8 (Stinger's Hill). "A cist 1.20m. by 0.60m. with a close set retaining kerb circle 4.0m. in diameter is situated on Stinger's Hill opposite Erme Pound". Lethbridge Stingers Hill cist p.73. diagram p.71. The NMR gives SX63376494 as the grid reference - this error is replicated in HER entry 28468 . The present author could not find a cist there. As PMD points out that is the location of Grinsell's CORNWOOD 9 cairn and not CORNWOOD 8.
Nearby sites: SX63386559

Langcombe Brook 5 Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Guide to the Langcombe Brook & Deadman's Bottom Cists
OS Map: SX 60878 66421
NMR record: SX 66 NW 37
HER record: 5129
Megalithic Portal: 45767
PMD: Langcombe Brook 5
Short Name: CT:Langcombe 5
Butler map: 50.3.5
Grinsell: SHA 17
DPD: 46
Dimensions (m): 1.4 x 0.6 C
Notes: Butler Langcombe Brook 5 (Cairn 5) - Vol. 3. Map 50.3 (pp.148-54 general plan of Langcombe Brook cairns p.151, diagram of Langcombe cists p.153). Grinsell SHAUGH PRIOR 17. "Two end stones and two side stones are in position but the coverstone is missing.
The tops of the stones are at ground level Length of N side stone 1.4m, S side stone 1m, W end stone 0.6m,
and E end stone 0.5m. Present depth of cist is 0.3m." Lethbridge p.46 Langcombe Cist I - diagram p.43
Nearby sites: SX60886642

Thornworthy Corner (N) Cist

OS Map: SX 66120 85470
NMR record: SX 68 NE 42
HER record: 6183
Megalithic Portal: 45776
PMD: Downhill from Three Boys
Alternate name: Thornworthy Corner N. Cist
Short Name: CT:Thornwort N
Butler map: 36.7
Grinsell: CHA 2
Dimensions (m): 1.8 x ? C?
Notes: Butler Vol. 2. Map 36.7. Grinsell CHAGFORD 2 (Shovel Down, E of Three Boys).
Nearby sites: SX66128547

Cosdon Beacon Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Cosdon Hill Triple Stone Row
OS Map: SX 63730 91654
NMR record: SX 69 SW 45
HER record: 6925
Megalithic Portal: 10325
PMD: Cosdon Summit N.
Alternate name: Cosdon Hill 4 Cist
Short Name: CT:Cosdon 4
Butler map: 40.7.4
Butler Vol 5: p.183 & Fig.125
Grinsell: ST 1b
DPD: 153
Dimensions (m): 6.5 x 0.6 C
Notes: Butler Cosdon Beacon 4 Vol. 2. Map 40.7.4 (diagram of Cosdon Summit cairns on p.207). Grinsell SOUTH TAWTON 1b (Cawsand Hill). The cist was originally noted by Falcon as being approximately 3 1/2ft to 4ft long and 2ft wide, aligned apparently NE-SW. The SW and NE sides were fairly recognizable. Lethbridge diagram p.152, photo bottom left p.153.
Nearby sites: SX63739165

Cosdon Beacon Embanked Cairn Circle and Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Cosdon Hill Triple Stone Row
OS Map: SX 63708 91593
NMR record: SX 69 SW 15
HER record: 6898
Megalithic Portal: 10325
PMD: Cosdon Summit S.
Alternate name: Cosdon Hill 3 Embanked Cairn Circle and Cist
Short Name: CT:Cosdon 3
Butler map: 40.7.3
Butler Vol 5: p.164 & Fig.105
Grinsell: ST 2
Turner: B14
DPD: 152
Dimensions (m): c.18.0 x 0.4
Notes: Turner B14 - Embanked Stone Circles (with outer bank)(diagram p.59). Butler Cosdon Beacon 3 Vol. 2. Map 40.7.3 (diagram Vol. 5. p.164). Grinsell SOUTH TAWTON 2 (Cawsand Hill). NMR Cairn B. Possible cist?
Nearby sites: SX63719159

West Vitifer Cist

OS Map: SX 67574 82806
NMR record: SX 68 SE 7
HER record: 6615
Megalithic Portal: 34980
PMD: Chagford Common
Short Name: CT:WestVitifer
Butler map: 25.11
Grinsell: CHA 4
Barrow Report: 16
Dimensions (m): 5.5 x 0.3 C
Notes: Butler Vol. 2. Map 25.11 ( p.32). Grinsell CHAGFORD 4 (Chagford Common). "The cairn was partially excavated in 1897 by the Barrow Committee of the Devonshire Association. This working revealed a ring of slabs surrounding a cist which had not been previously examined. In the cist there was a complete Bronze Age beaker together with charcoal but no trace of a burial." Cairn survives, restored urn thought to be in Plymouth museum. See: Sixteenth Barrow Report 1897
Nearby sites: SX67578281

Shoveldown N.W. 5 Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Shovel Down Ceremonial Complex
OS Map: SX 64389 86247
NMR record: SX 68 NW 14
HER record: 4394
Megalithic Portal: 45782
PMD: Stonetor Hill
Alternate name: Shoveldown N.W.1 Cist
Short Name: CT:Shovel NW5
Butler map: 37.5.1
Butler Vol 5: p.202 & Fig.145
Grinsell: GID 1
Dimensions (m): 4.5 x 0.3 C
Notes: GID 1? Butler Shoveldown N.W.1. - Vol. 2. Map 37.5. (diagram Vol. 5. p.202). Grinsell GIDLEIGH 1 - Stonetor Hill(W). "The remains of a Bronze age cairn and cist which form part of a cairn cemetery on Long Ridge, known locally as Langridge, overlooking the valley of the River North Teign. The cairn has a circular mound which measures 5.2 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. The cist measures 0.83 metres square by up to 0.47 metres deep. The capstone, which once covered the cist, now lies 0.7 metres NNW of the cist."
Nearby sites: SX64398625

Nattor Down 5 Cist

OS Map: SX 54090 82860
NMR record: SX 58 SW 17
HER record: 3223
Megalithic Portal: 45784
PMD: Nattor Down 5
Short Name: CT:Nattor 5
Butler map: 32.2.5
Butler Vol 5: p.65 & Fig.43
Grinsell: PET 14
DPD: 12
Dimensions (m): 5.7 x 0.3 C
Notes: Butler Nattor Down 5 - Vol. 2. Map 32.2 (diagram Vol. 5. p.65). 127 Grinsell PETER TAVY 14. Lethbridge pp.11-12, photo and diagram p.12.
Nearby sites: SX54098286

Barn Hill Cist

OS Map: SX 53333 74575
NMR record: SX 57 SW 27
HER record: 14685
Megalithic Portal: 45785
PMD: Barn Hill
Alternate name: Barn Hill S. Cist
Short Name: CT:Barn Hill
Butler map: 44.10.3
Grinsell: WHI 3
DPD: 15
Dimensions (m): c.5.0 x 0.1 C
Notes: Butler Barn Hill S. - Vol. 3. Map 44.10.3. (diagram p.34). Grinsell WHITCHURCH 3.
Nearby sites: SX53337458

Beardown Farm Cist

OS Map: SX 60400 75400
NMR record: SX 67 NW 86
HER record: 5974
Megalithic Portal: 45789
PMD: Beardown Farm
Short Name: CT:Beardown Fm
Grinsell: LYD 46
Notes: The site is believed to have been destroyed many years ago Bray 1879 (included in listing as 130 in Grinsell list). Grinsell LYDFORD 46. Area is covered in Butler Vol 2 Map 29. "The remains of a cist surrounded by a rough pavement was examined by Mr Bray in September 1832 'two or three minutes walk north east of Beardown House' (at SX 604 754). Three stones of a four foot long cist stood six inches above ground level. A small piece of coarse pottery was found inside."
Nearby sites: SX60407540

Sittaford Tor Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

OS Map: SX 63461 82649
NMR record: SX 68 SW 110
HER record: 21894
Megalithic Portal: 45792
PMD: Sittaford Tor
Alternate name: Sittaford Tor S. Ring Setting Cairn and Cist
Short Name: CT:Sittaford
Butler map: 34.3
Butler Vol 5: p.183 & Fig.126
Turner: D25
DPD: 125
Dimensions (m): 6.0 x 0.3
Notes: Turner D25. Butler Sittaford Tor S (Cairn 3) Vol. 2. Map 34.3 (p.112, also Butler Vol. 5. diagram p.183). "This mutilated kerbed cairn is situated on a peat-covered moorland slope below Sittaford Tor at 488m OD. It measures about 5m in diameter and comprises a probably (hidden) central cist set within twin concentric kerbs of granite slabs." Lethbridge photo bottom p.125.
Nearby sites: SX63468265

Cator Common Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

OS Map: SX 67112 77513
NMR record: SX 67 NE 16
HER record: 5987
Megalithic Portal: 45793
PMD: Pizwell Bridge
Alternate name: Pizwell Bridge Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
Short Name: CT:CatorCommon
Butler map: 18.5
Butler Vol 5: p.171 & Fig.110
Grinsell: WID 2
Turner: E10
Dimensions (m): c.5.0 x 0.5
Notes: Turner E10. Butler Pizwell Bridge Vol. 1. Map 18.5 (diagram Vol 5. p.171). Grinsell WIDECOMBE 2. Possible central cist.
Nearby sites: SX67117751

Standon Hill Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

OS Map: SX 54739 81371
NMR record: SX 58 SW 54
HER record: 20155
Megalithic Portal: 45794
PMD: Standon Down
Alternate name: Standon Hill W. Ring Setting Cairn and Cist
Short Name: CT:Standon 1
Butler map: 32.17
Butler Vol 5: p.182 & Fig.124
Grinsell: PET 15
Turner: D15
Dimensions (m): c.5.0 x 0.3 C
Notes: Turner D15. Butler Standon Hill W - Vol. 2. Map 32.17 (diagram Vol. 5. p.182). Grinsell PETER TAVY 15. Doubtful cist. "A disturbed cairn measuring 5.2m N to S by 6.0m and standing a maximum of 0.3m high. Eight large upright slabs and boulders, up to 0.6m high, lie on the fringe of the mound to create a substantial retaining circle. There is no evidence to suggest the presence of a cist though is seems likely that the interior of the cairn has been used as a repository for cleared stone. A large number of relatively recent clearance cairns lie in the immediate area."
Nearby sites: SX54748137

Merrivale Embanked Cairn Circle and Cist

OS Map: SX 55359 74744
NMR record: SX 57 SE 7
HER record: 4997
Megalithic Portal: 10503
PMD: Merrivale SW.
Alternate name: Merrivale 8 Embanked Cairn Circle and Cist
Short Name: CT:MerrivaleSW
Butler map: 44.8.8
Grinsell: WAL 1
Turner: B2
Dimensions (m): c.20.0
Notes: Turner B2. Butler Merrivale Vol. 3. Map 44.8.8 (pp.30-1). Grinsell WALKHAMPTON 1. "The excavation of 1851 seems to have been thorough, completely destroying structural remains of both the cairn and the 'cist or inner circle',. There is now a circular turf covered area, 18.0m. in diameter, with random stones protruding through the surface. Off centre there is a hollow, 7.0m. by 4.0m. and 0.5m. deep."
Nearby sites: SX55367474

Black Down W. Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

OS Map: SX 57398 91540
NMR record: SX 59 SE 81
HER record: 61332
Megalithic Portal: 45801
PMD: Black Down
Short Name: CT:BlackDown W
Butler map: 42.6
Butler Vol 5: p.58 & Fig.35
Dimensions (m): 6.5 x 0.6 C
Notes: nb. Not listed by Turner - assigned as "Platform Circle" type cairn due to description in NMR. "A flat-topped cairn". Butler Black Down W. Vol. 2. Map 42.6 (diagram Vol 5. p.58). "cairn containing a cist situated on Black Down 1.6 kilometres east of Higher Bowden. The cairn is 6 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres in height. The cist is 0.9 metres long with 2 end stones in the original position. Remains of a kerb are visible around the north west edge of the mound". This author unable to find at SX 57409153 on 28/08/16. Butler lists as SX 5738 9153. The NMR gives yet another location SX 57469153
Nearby sites: SX57409154

Goldsmith's Cross E.1. Cist

OS Map: SX 61871 70395
NMR: No record found
HER record: 61775
Megalithic Portal: 45806
PMD: Fox Tor Mires E.
Alternate name: Goldsmith's Cross E.1 Cist
Short Name: CT:GoldsmithE1
Butler map: 64.5.1
Dimensions (m): 4.5 x 0.2
Notes: Butler Goldsmith's Cross E. 1. Vol. 4. Map 64.5 (Cairn 1 - diagram p.221). There is no NMR for this site. There is an HER entry MDV61775 which matches precisely with the OS reference given by Butler. Butler describes: "The mound 0.1m high at best surrounds a slightly wedge-shaped cist of which only the sides, one composed of two stones, and an end are visible. The missing slab is probably buried in place".
Nearby sites: SX61877040

Stonetor Brookhead E. Cist

OS Map: SX 65270 85630
NMR record: SX 68 NE 75
HER record: 13023
Megalithic Portal: 45807
PMD: Stonetor Brook Head
Alternate name: Stonetor Brookhead E.2 Cist
Short Name: CT:Stonetor E2
Butler map: 37.2.2
Butler Vol 5: p.201 & Fig.144
DPD: 133
Dimensions (m): 1.1 x 0.9 C
Notes: Butler Vol. 2. Map 37.2 (diagram Vol 5 p.201). "A mutilated cist situated amongst peat cuttings on the moderate W slope of shovel Down. Only the N endstone, 0.6m long, remains in situ on the edge of a hollow 1.1m N-S by 0.9m and 0.2m deep. An irregular slab 0.15m thick, probably the disturbed coverstone, lies propped up on the endstone. There is no trace of a covering cairn". Lethbridge diagram p.133 and photo top p.133.
Nearby sites: SX65278563

Hickley Ridge W Cist

OS Map: SX 66590 62030
NMR record: SX 66 SE 182
HER record: 13283
Megalithic Portal: 45809
PMD: Hickley Ridge W.
Alternate name: Hickley Ridge 3 Cist
Short Name: CT:HickleyW
Butler map: 56.14.4
Butler Vol 5: p.176 & Fig.118
DPD: 84
Dimensions (m): c. 0.84 x 0.8 ? C
Notes: Butler Hickley Ridge 3 56.14.4 diagram Vol 5 p.176. "Cairn and cist on the East side of Brent Fore Hill. The cairn is 6.0m in diameter, merging into the slope of the hill and being about 0.5m high on the downslope side, which has a retaining kerb. There is a central cist of which two parallel slabs remain set on edge at the NW and SE sides. An upright stone 0.9m high is offset from the cist on the NW side." Lethbridge p.84 diagram and photo top left.
Nearby sites: SX66596203

Maiden Hill Cist

OS Map: SX 58831 79380
NMR record: SX 57 NE 44
HER record: 4216
Megalithic Portal: 45815
PMD: Maiden Hill
Alternate name: Conies Down Summit Cist
Short Name: CT:MaidenHill
Butler map: 30.11
Butler Vol 5: p.158 & Fig.28
Grinsell: LYD 32
DPD: 108
Dimensions (m): 23.0 x 1.0 C?
Notes: Grinsell LYDFORD 32. Butler Vol 2 30.11 p. 77. Maybe natural rather than a cist, see very useful notes on Megalithic Portal. Butler says "a large turf-covered cairn which has been dug into from its southern edge. No stones are visible in the saucer-shape depression in the centre but a setting of three slabs near the northern edge may be the sides of a cist which contained a secondary burial inserted at a later date into the side of the mound". Lethbridge diagram p.107, photo p.108.
Nearby sites: SX58837938

Crockern Tor Cist

OS Map: SX 61406 76044
NMR record: SX 67 NW 151
HER record: 57569
Megalithic Portal: 45816
PMD: Crockern Tor
Alternate name: Crockern Tor N.W. Cist
Short Name: CT:CrockernTor
Butler Vol 5: p.32 & Fig.11
DPD: 110
Dimensions (m): c.6 x 4.2, 1.2 x ? C
Notes: "Remains of a small cairn with cist on a moderate W slope in open grassland at SX 61407604 overlooking the West Dart in Crockern Newtake. It has been robbed heavily, leaving only one cist slab and fragments of the cairn material. The slab is restangular in side view and in section, firmly embedded on edge, measuring 1.2m long 0.48m high and 0.15m thick. It is aligned NW to SE." Butler Vol 5 p. 32. Lethbridge diagram and photo p.110.
Nearby sites: SX61417604

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