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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Grimslake Cist Alternative Name: Grinsell North Bovey 3; Turner E18 Grimspound; Dixon 100; Hookney Down
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Moretonhampstead  Nearest Village: Lettaford
Map Ref: SX7041881165
Latitude: 50.615759N  Longitude: 3.832979W
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
no data Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
no data 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
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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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SandyG visited on 3rd Mar 2016 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 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.

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Grimslake Cist
Grimslake Cist submitted by SandyG : 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). (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn with cist in Devon

Originally thought to be a stone row/alignment, The Stone Rows of Great Britain concludes this is a 'non-row', adding: "This site was originally identified as a possible stone row including the two stones identified by Jeremy Butler. … A second visit to the site confirmed the presence of the additional stones and further earthworks that had not been spotted previously. The low platform leading from the cairn coincides with the stones and it would appear that they are associated with that rather being a stone row".

This row is featured on both the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website (see their entry for the Grimslake Platform Cairn Circle and Cist) and the Stone Rows of Great Britain website (see their entry for the Grimslake Cist). The SRoGB entry includes a description, photographs, a plan of the cist and its platform with stones, access information and links to other online resources for more information.

The cist is also described on Pastscape as Monument Number 445636 and the Devon and Dartmoor HER as HER Number MDV8744.

This site is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1020009 (Cairn and cist 430m north east of Grimspound).
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Grimslake Cist
Grimslake Cist submitted by SandyG : Plan of Grimslake Cist and row. Row stones shown red (Source: Butler, J., 1991, 147). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Grimslake Cist
Grimslake Cist submitted by SandyG : Cist and kerb stone. View from the south east. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Grimslake Cist
Grimslake Cist submitted by SandyG : Cist in the foreground, kerb stone on the left and the eastern alignment slab indicated by the ranging rod. View from north (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Grimslake Cist
Grimslake Cist submitted by SandyG : White arrow denotes the position of the western row stone and the ranging rod the eastern row. View from the south. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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