Grimslake Cist

Grimslake Cist

View from the south. Ranging rod stands by the eastern alignment stone and the cairn with large cist is visible beyond. Deep peat deposits in the vicinity have probably overwhelmed other stones (Scale 1m).

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 7040 8115     Lat 50.61560244   Long -3.833215765

 

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Plan of Grimslake Cist and row. Row stones shown red (Source: Butler, J., 1991, 147).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 3m (at least)
No. of stones: 2 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 127° Altitude: 473m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Prehistoric settlement and cairns
Notes: Despite only two stones being visible, deep deposits in the area are probably hiding others.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Possible.  The problem with the identification of this row is that only two stones have so far been identified.  This means it does not really meet the recognised definition of what a row consists of -at least three stones in a line. However this said, the position of the stones relative to the cairn combined with a classic “reveal” location strongly supports the hypothesis that this is the remains of a stone alignment.  Further stones may survive in the relatively deep peat deposits in the area and in this regard it worth noting that the largest stones in some Dartmoor alignments are found towards the upper end. The case for this site being a stone row is very strong but the lack of more stones means that currently it should properly considered as a possibility only.


Photographs

 wp1060014-grimslake-cistWhite arrow denotes the position of the western row stone and the ranging rod the eastern row. View from the south.

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Cist in the foreground, kerb stone on the left and the eastern alignment slab indicated by the ranging rod. View from north (Scale 1m).

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Cist and kerb stone. View from the south east. 

Access Information

Visiting this row also offers the opportunity to see the impressive Grimspound prehistoric settlement. Car parking is available at SX 69701 80894. Walk east along the well trodden path up to Grimspound which is defintely worth a good look. Then head north east to visit the row.


Online Resources 

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor

Other References

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 1 – The East, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.147-149.

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