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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Burford Down (Tristis Rock) Alternative Name: Tristis Rock
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: Harford
Map Ref: SX63776015
Latitude: 50.425362N  Longitude: 3.919213W
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
no data Ambience:
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4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
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 25th May 2018 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 2 Very limited car parking is available at SX 62102 60910. Care should be taken to ensure that the highway is not restricted and access to the adjacent field is not obstructed. From here walk eastward up the lane and follow the footpath to the Erme Valley to SX 63582 61142. From here head south to the row passing the Stalldown SE stone row on the way.

graemefield visited on 22nd Feb 2018 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3



Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 4.5 Access: 2.5

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Burford Down (Tristis Rock) cairn circle and cist, showing the remaining sideslab of the cist. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn in Devon

The Pastscape website tells us that this cairn circle (Monument Number 442351) is "aligned on the terminal cairn of a nearby stone row, grid bearing 282 degrees". This record adds that the cairn circle sits on the summit of a small ridge 260 metres above OD (sea level).

This site is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website as the Burford Down (Tritis Rock) Platform Cairn Circle and Cist, which is part of their 'Burford Down stone row and cairns' walk. The description given is: "(a) retaining circle of a barrow, internal diameter between 16 and 17 feet and consisting of twelve stones which enclose the remaining south side stone of a cist. The overall length of the side stone is 4 feet 6 inches, the internal length of the cist would not have been more than 3 feet".

The cairn is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1010766 (Cairn to the west of Tristis Rock, Burford Down). The Heritage Gateway for Devon & Dartmoor HER number MDV4258 (Tristis Rock cairn circle and cist on Burford Down, Harford)also tells us that the cairn is to the west of Tritis Rock and dates it from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age (4000 BC to 701 BC). It confirms the nearby stone row "runs to Newtake wall and beyond (122 stones)" and "there area 10 kerb stones still in situ".
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Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by SandyG : View from west with Tristis Rock in the background. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by SandyG : View from west with Tristis Rock in the background (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Burford Down (Tritis Rock) cairn circle and cist. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Tristis Rock at sunset, nice outcrop. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Burford Down (Tristis Rock) cairn circle and cist. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Tristis Rock.

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Burford Down (Tristis Rock) cairn circle and cist, Tritis Rock is in the background on the left.

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Tristis Rock, the outcrop is very near the cairn circle and cist.

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Burford Down (Tritis Rock) cairn circle and cist.

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Tritis Rock.

Burford Down (Tristis Rock)
Burford Down (Tristis Rock) submitted by Bladup : Burford Down (Tristis Rock) cairn circle and cist.

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 73m WNW 285° Burford Down Cairn Circle* Stone Circle (SX6370060170)
 80m W 276° Burford Down Stone Row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX63696016)
 541m N 351° Burford Down Standing Stone* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX6370360687)
 683m ENE 60° Lower Piles Enclosed Settlement Ancient Village or Settlement (SX64376048)
 771m E 81° Lower Piles* Ring Cairn (SX6453660255)
 863m ESE 122° Harford Moor Encircled Cairn* Stone Circle (SX6449459677)
 920m N 357° Stalldown South East* Stone Row / Alignment (SX63756107)
 1.1km SE 140° Harford settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6444559313)
 1.3km N 8° Stalldown Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6397361429)
 1.3km SE 132° Butter Brook* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX64725926)
 1.3km E 99° Harford Moor N* Stone Row / Alignment (SX651599)
 1.4km ESE 103° Harford S.* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX651598)
 1.4km E 98° Butterbrook* Stone Row / Alignment (SX652599)
 1.6km NE 52° Piles Hill W* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65056111)
 1.7km NNW 338° Stalldown Southern Terminal Cairn Circle* Cairn (SX6317661737)
 1.7km ENE 62° Piles Hill Cairns* Cairn (SX653609)
 1.8km ENE 69° The Longstone (Piles Hill)* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX65436074)
 1.8km ENE 78° Hobajons Cross* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX65516047)
 1.8km E 86° Butterdon Hill Row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX6553960225)
 1.8km NNW 341° Stalldown Stone Row Cairn S* Cairn (SX63226186)
 1.9km SE 131° Weatherdon Hill (Devon) Ring Cairn (SX65165889)
 2.0km E 81° Glasscombe Ball North (South Cairn)* Cairn (SX65736041)
 2.0km E 80° Glasscombe Ball North* Stone Row / Alignment (SX6573360429)
 2.0km ESE 110° Butterdon Hill Barrow* Round Barrow(s) (SX6566059403)
 2.0km E 79° Glasscombe Ball North (North Cairn)* Cairn (SX6578360473)
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