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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Hentor A Alternative Name: Hen Tor N5; Grinsell Shaugh Prior 30; Dixon 50; Butler Hen Tor 5
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Sheepstor / Cadover Bridge
Map Ref: SX59706570
Latitude: 50.474285N  Longitude: 3.978555W
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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Cairn and cist in Devon

This site is one of 7 cairns marked on the OS map and spread in a roughly east-west direction across the top of Hentor Warren. It is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website as the Hentor A Cist. Their notes tell us this is: "a cist consisting of two side stones, one of which has fallen outwards, and an irregular shaped coverstone." Also see their Guide to the Hentor & Shavercombe Brook Cists.

Further information can also be found on the Pastscape website, see Monument Number 438800, which describes this as a cairn with cist dating to the Bronze Age. They tell us the cist is aligned north-west to south-east and measures "1.3m by 0.6m by 0.4m deep. The irregular coverstone measures 1.5m x 1.1m." and add that the "remains of the cist are set in an amorphous cairn some 3.5m in diameter."

The Heritage Gateway for Devon & Dartmoor HER number MDV3511 (CIST in the Parish of Shaugh Prior), dates the cist from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age (4000 BC to 701 BC). It is also scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1012172 (One of a number of cairns with cists south of Shavercombe Brook).

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SX5965 : Shavercombe cist by Guy Wareham
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SX5965 : Cattle by Shavercombe Brook by Tony Atkin
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SX5965 : Hen Tor - Dartmoor by Richard Knights
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SX5966 : Shavercombe Waterfall by Guy Wareham
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SX5966 : The Valley Below Shavercombe Waterfall by Tony Atkin
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