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|Description ||Lakehead Hill Cairn 2 (Cist)|
There are numerous sites in close proximity on Lakehead Hill. These are
covered in detail in Butler's Atlas of Antiquities Vol 2. Map 27 Site 19 (see pp. 48-52). This cist is Butler's Cairn 2 marked with a
Dartmoor National Park post 9A. The precise location is
What follows is a description of how to lcoate it.
A short way southwards up the hill from Kraps Ring can be found cairn 1 which has a clear retaining circle of diameter 6m formed by 13 kerb stones.
Around 200m further up towards the crest of the hill is stone row 3 (using Butler's numbering). This consists of 12 stones.
To the right just within the plantation, about 200m west of the stone row 3 is Cairn 2. This consists of a cist with four sides remaining at the centre of a slight mound. This cist was investigated by Robert Burnard in 1898. The cist had already been robbed but towards the edge of the cist the soil had not been disturbed and 3 flint knives, 3 flint scrappers and the remains of two pots were found. The larger urn would have held the cremation remains. The rim of one of the urns had an irregular pattern of short incised strokes forming angles and broken lines which would have covered the whole urn. These flints and urns indicate that it was a Beaker burial [Petit,'Prehistoric Dartmoor' p94] that dates the site to the Neolithic or early Bronze Age.
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