Cist south-west of Gutter Tor

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012472

Date first listed: 22-Nov-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Oct-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cist south-west of Gutter Tor
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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 57609 66828

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 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 cist is a relatively well-preserved example and occupies a prominent position on the brow of Gutter Tor. Its relationship to other monuments in the immediate vicinity indicates the wealth of evidence relating to settlement and the ritual side of life on this part of the Moor.

History

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Details

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 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 surrounding ditch. This cist lies 200m south-west of Gutter Tor and is orientated north-west/ south-east, it has three sides remaining, the eastern side and capstone are displaced, but lie beside the cist and there is no trace of a mound. The cist is 1.2m in length, 0.6m in width and 0.5m in depth. It lies approximately 100m to the north-west of a cairn and cist and within 200m of two hut settlements, all the sites being near the summit of Gutter Tor.

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: 10580

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 166
Other
Devon SMR, SX56NE/012,

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