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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Cator Common Platform Cairn and Cist Alternative Name: Grinsell Widecombe in the Moor 2; Turner E10
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Princtown  Nearest Village: Bellever
Map Ref: SX67107751
Latitude: 50.582161N  Longitude: 3.878543W
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
2 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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TheCaptain couldn't find on 6th Dec 2022 Driving back to the cottage from Postbridge, thought I'd have a quick look for the remains of this cairn circle and cist, although I didn't have any details with me and no phone signal. It's not very accurately marked on the OS map I had with me, but I had a walk alonside the river in the boggy ground but it was getting dark and I could find nothing. Reading up on it when home, and its up on the slope somewhere.

Alleged cairn with cist in Devon

Information about this site, the Cator Common Platform Cairn Circle and Cist, came from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website.

Further information can also be found on the Pastscape website, see Monument Number 442462, which says "the remains of a cairn and cist are alleged at this location ..... oral information/correspondence from Sayer."

The Heritage Gateway for Devon & Dartmoor HER number MDV53010, dates the cairn and cist from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age (4000 BC to 701 BC) and describes it as a prehistoric ring cairn with three orthostats and a possible cist.

The site is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1021428 (Ring cairn 296m south east of Riddon Brake), which adds: "The monument includes a ring cairn situated on a gentle south west facing slope overlooking the Walla Brook. The ring cairn survives as a 5.5m diameter flat topped circular mound standing up to 0.4m high. Around the southern edge of the mound are three edge set orthostats which represent the remains of a kerb which may survive elsewhere as a buried feature. A flat stone protruding through the turf within the southern part of the mound may represent a displaced cist coverstone".

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Nearby Images from Geograph Britain and Ireland:
SX6777 : Cattle grid and gate for road across Cator Common by David Smith
by David Smith
SX6777 : Cattle grid on road across Cator Common by David Smith
by David Smith
SX6777 : Looking south along the stream at Riddon Brake by David Smith
by David Smith
SX6777 : Dartmoor: Cattle grid to Cator Common by Nigel Cox
by Nigel Cox
SX6677 : Walla Brook Bridge near Riddon Brake by David Smith
by David Smith

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