Cist with a retaining kerb north-west of Corringdon Ball
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1010180
Date first listed: 14-Feb-1992
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: South Hams (District Authority)
Parish: South Brent
National Park: DARTMOOR
National Grid Reference: SX 66879 61133
Reasons for Designation
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.
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.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 10780
Legacy System: RSM
SX 66 SE 150, (1991)
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing