Cairn with cist north of Gutter Tor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012473

Date first listed: 11-Jun-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Oct-1991


Ordnance survey map of Cairn with cist north of Gutter Tor
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Sheepstor

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 57673 67125

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 is a relatively well-preserved example of a cairn and cist, its relationship to other monuments in the immediate vicinity indicates the wealth of evidence relating to occupation and the ritual side of life on this part of the Moor.


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 cairn with a cist lies in heavy bracken approximately 250m north of the outcrops of Gutter Tor, the cairn is 5m in diameter and 0.4m in height with traces of two retaining kerbs. The cist, which is orientated approximately north-east/south west, has both side and both end slabs but the capstone is missing. The side slabs are up to 1.3m in length, but the end slabs are set to enclose a space only 0.9m in length, with the side slabs extending beyond one end slab. It lies approximately 100m south-east of an enclosure and within 300m of several cairns.

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: 10581

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 166
Devon County SMR, SX56NE-144,

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