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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Drizzlecombe Cist 6 Alternative Name: Giant's Basin Cist; Giant's Basin Foot; Grinsell Sheepstor 33d
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5918366955
Latitude: 50.485441N  Longitude: 3.986309W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
2 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Giant's Basin Cist (Drizzlecombe Cist 6): This cist was pointed out to me by Dave Parks and Sandy G, but I only seem to have one photograph of it, although I remember standing over it and taking photos from different angles. Perhaps I've got muddled up with all the other wonderful stone settings and cairns in the area. A brilliant area to visit. So much to see, all in very close proximity.

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Drizzlecombe Cist 6
Drizzlecombe Cist 6 submitted by thecaptain : Drizzlecombe Cist 6 has a capstone 1.8 m by 1.2 m sitting on top of a broken box, which is now three side set slabs, probably two side slabs and a single end stone. (Vote or comment on this photo)
About halfway between the cairn at the top of stone row 1, and the massive Giant’s Basin cairn can be seen what at first looks like a little pile of large stones. Closer inspection shows this to be a collapsed cist, but with no signs of a surrounding cairn.

There is a capstone 1.8 m by 1.2 m sitting on top of a broken box, which is now three side set slabs, probably two side slabs and a single end stone.

Update July 2019: This cist is recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438623, which calls this 'an alleged cist' as there are some disputes as to its origin/construction (some sources consider it may be a natural feature). It is also recorded as part of the scheduling information for Historic England List ID 1014155. The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes a record for this cist; see MDV3373 (Cist near Giant's Basin cairn).

This cist is also featured on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, Giant's Basin (near) Cist. Butler, in his "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities", Volume 3, page 137 adds: "“Twenty four metres to the south of cairn 1 is the Giant’s Basin Cairn, 5 (22x4m) with huge central hollow but still retaining a good bowl shape, and between the two are the probably remains of a cist, 6. A large slab, very likely the capstone, is propped over two uprights in the position of endstones, but the sides have gone as have all traces of the mound”.
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Drizzlecombe Cist 6
Drizzlecombe Cist 6 submitted by davep : Photograph of the cist near the Giant's Basin, from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website, site 462, Giant's Basin (near) Cist. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Cist 6
Drizzlecombe Cist 6 submitted by Anne T : The Giant's Basin Cist (Butler, Drizzlecombe Cist 6), the capstone as seen looking south towards the Giant's Basin cairn. Pastscape 438623 casts doubt about this as a cist, saying: "The small stones are of the wrong size and shape for a cist and though the large stone has a superficial resemblance to a coverstone the setting is unlikely for a cist". Having said that, it is a scheduled ancient monu... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Cist 6
Drizzlecombe Cist 6 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe Cist 6 with cairn 1, stone row and standing stone behind. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Cist 6
Drizzlecombe Cist 6 submitted by thecaptain : About halfway between the cairn at the top of stone row 1, and the massive Giant’s Basin cairn can be seen what at first looks like a little pile of large stones. Closer inspection shows this to be a collapsed cist, but with no signs of a surrounding cairn. Seen here looking northish, with menhir2 and row2 beyond. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Cist 6
Drizzlecombe Cist 6 submitted by thecaptain : Drizzlecombe Cist 6 looking west from the top of the Giant's Basin, with cairn1 and menhir3 beyond.

Drizzlecombe Cist 6
Drizzlecombe Cist 6 submitted by thecaptain : Drizzlecombe Cist 6 looking southwest, with the upper end of row1 at the upper left of the picture. There is a capstone 1.8 m by 1.2 m sitting on top of a broken box, which is now three side set slabs, probably two side slabs and a single end stone.

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 17m WNW 294° Drizzlecombe cairn 1.* Cairn (SX5916866962)
 21m ESE 116° Drizzlecombe Giant's Basin* Cairn (SX5920266945)
 23m WSW 253° Drizzlecombe row 1* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5916166949)
 52m NNE 29° Drizzlecombe menhir 2* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX59216700)
 57m WNW 301° Drizzlecombe menhir 3* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5913566986)
 70m NNE 21° Drizzlecombe* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX59216702)
 124m NE 36° Drizzlecombe row 2* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5925867054)
 131m NNE 26° Drizzlecombe row 3* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5924367071)
 137m NE 35° Drizzlecombe cairn 2* Ring Cairn (SX5926567065)
 143m NNE 28° Drizzlecombe cairn 3* Ring Cairn (SX5925367080)
 156m NNE 19° Drizzlecombe cairn 4* Stone Circle (SX5923867101)
 158m SW 231° Drizzlecombe menhir 1* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5905766860)
 190m NNW 341° Drizzlecombe cairn 14* Cairn (SX5912767137)
 193m W 264° Drizzlecombe stone 4* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX58996694)
 255m N 351° Drizzlecombe cairn 13* Cist (SX5915167208)
 272m SSW 213° Drizzlecombe cist 22* Cist (SX59036673)
 285m SSE 152° Giant's hill cairn* Cairn (SX59316670)
 298m NE 39° Drizzlecombe Cairn 18* Cairn (SX5937667182)
 299m NNE 21° Drizzlecombe Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX59306723)
 328m SE 127° Giant's Hill West* Cist (SX59446675)
 446m NNE 31° Drizzlecombe Cairn 23* Cairn (SX5942367331)
 446m NNE 23° Drizzlecombe W row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5937067360)
 448m NNE 24° Cairn At Head of Drizzlecombe Row 4* Cairn (SX5937467361)
 459m NNE 22° Standing Stone Near Cairn at Head of Drizzlecombe Row 4* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5937067374)
 468m ESE 119° Giant's Hill East* Cist (SX5958766717)
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