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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Gidleigh North Alternative Name: Grinsell List A Gidleight 1; Buttern Hill Chambered Cairn 2
Country: England County: Devon Type: Chambered Tomb
Nearest Town: Okehampton  Nearest Village: Gidleigh
Map Ref: SX6586688971
Latitude: 50.684889N  Longitude: 3.900113W
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
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2Not Good
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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
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Chambered Tomb in Devon

The Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) includes the Gidleigh North Chambered Tomb, describing it as "a chambered cairn located on an east facing slope of Buttern Hill. The cairn mound measures 26 metres long and 9 metres wide and stands up to 1 metre high. Several set stones at the western end of the mound represent the remains of a passage leading towards a chamber." The tomb sits on the lower slopes of the eastern face of Buttern Hill and is much disturbed.

The Pastscape record for this Monument Number 443678 adds that this is a "simple form of passage grave. Built into a natural mound with its entrance sealed and a very ruined chamber." It describes a "large granite slab, 1.6m high, 0.7m wide and 0.2m thick, leaning at about 40 degrees to the north and supported on the underside by a roughly centrally placed upright orthostat ..... situated in stone strewn moorland on a west hill slope at 1,050ft OD."

The Heritage Gateway for Devon & Dartmoor HER MDV6212 (Gidleigh North Chambered Tomb) dates this chambered tomb to the Neolithic (4000 BC to 2201 BC) and it is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1021217 (Chambered cairn 430m south of Buttern).

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