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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Leeden (Sheepstor) Alternative Name: Eyelsburrow W; Dixon 45; Grinsell Sheepstor 7; Butler Eylesbarrow SW (V3 47.11)
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Plymouth  Nearest Village: Sheepstor
Map Ref: SX5869267838
Latitude: 50.493258N  Longitude: 3.99356W
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
0No data.
no data 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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Leeden (Sheepstor)
Leeden (Sheepstor) submitted by Anne T : The Leedon Cist, near Sheepstor, submitted on behalf of Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn and cist in Devon

This cist in the parish of Sheepstor is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website- see tneir entry for the Leeden Cist.

Further information can also be found on the Pastscape website, see Monument Number 438574. Their field notes from 1995 tell us "A disturbed cairn and cist lie on a NW-facing hillslope at SX58696784. The turf-covered and spread stony mound is 5.9m in diameter and about 0.4m high with some kerb slabs and boulders in situ. The apparently off-centre cist measures 1.8m by 0.9m internally and 0.4m deep; one large, leaning slab, probably the displaced coverstone measures 1.1m by 0.8m. Spoil from the disturbances lies on and about the mound."

The notes continue: "The cairn is not difficult to find 200m south of Eylesbarrow Reave, its upended capstone propped to one side of the cist prominent on the bare hillside ... An attempt was made to restore the cist shortly before 1929 ... Stone cutters were responsible for at least part of the damage as one of the loose slabs bears the marks of the masons' tools, but one end slab remains in position and the south side, made up of two stones on edge, is also possibly an original feature ... The structure may be one of those rare burial cairns covering two cists. Around the base of the mound a few stones remain of an outer ring."

This site is also recorded as MDV3341 (Cairn with a cist north of Whittenknowles Rocks) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER and scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1010657 (Cairn with a cist north of Whittenknowles Rocks).
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Leeden (Sheepstor)
Leeden (Sheepstor) submitted by Bladup : Leeden (Sheepstor) cairn and cist. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Leeden (Sheepstor)
Leeden (Sheepstor) submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

Leeden (Sheepstor)
Leeden (Sheepstor) submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

Leeden (Sheepstor)
Leeden (Sheepstor) submitted by Bladup : Leeden (Sheepstor) cairn and cist, lovely place. In the background is Combshead tor. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Leeden (Sheepstor)
Leeden (Sheepstor) submitted by Bladup : Leeden (Sheepstor) cairn and cist. It doesn't get much better than this. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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