Cist south east of Roughtor Plantation

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010701

Date first listed: 25-Feb-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cist south east of Roughtor Plantation
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Location

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County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Sheepstor

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 57996 68276

Summary

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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 protection.

The relationship between this cist, south-east of Roughtor Plantation, and other monuments in the vicinity indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.

History

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Details

This cist lies on a west-facing slope above a tributary of Narrator Brook, below and to the south-east of Roughtor Plantation. It is orientated south-east/north-west, with the north-west end and both side slabs in place and the south-east slab slightly displaced. It is 0.9m in length, 0.9m in width and 0.5m in depth, with traces of a kerb, but no mound.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 10750

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
SX57996827, REF SX57996827, (1990)

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