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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Drizzlecombe cairn 13 Alternative Name: Drizzlecombe 13; Grinsell Sheepstor 25; Dixon 5
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cist
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5915167208  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.487707N  Longitude: 3.986855W
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
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 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.
3 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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Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Drizzlecombe Cairn 13: Leaving the stone rows behind, we walked up slope and to the WNW. This is a beautiful example of a cairn with central cist. What is very noticeable about this cist is that the stones making up two of the sides projects outside the other two ends. Looking at the Butler diagram for these sites (Volume 3, page 135), cairn 13 is indeed in ine with cairns 2, 3 and 4, but about 150m further from the stone rows.

graemefield visited on 17th May 2017 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 2

SandyG AngieLake have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.5 Ambience: 4.5 Access: 2.5

Drizzlecombe cairn 13
Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Brian Byng : View looking east of the large cist at Drizzlecombe which Burl claims has a row running in an Easterly direction in line with the tilted slab. I looked very carefully & found no sign of such a row. None of my references mention such a row & I have asked around those who should know - again without success. I think this is another of Burls iffy sites. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn, Cist and Possible Stone Row making up part of the Drizzlecombe complex on southwestern Dartmoor in Devon. The cairn is about 12 m diameter and 1 metre high, and has a large cist in the middle.

The cist has side slabs about 2 m long and spaced 1 metre apart, and it is about 0.7 m deep. The large capstone is tipped off to the west, and can be seen protruding above the cairn from quite some distance away.

The large cist at Drizzlecombe which Burl claims has a row running in an Easterly direction in line with the tilted slab. I looked very carefully & found no sign of such a row. None of my references mention such a row & I have asked around those who should know - again without success. I think this is another of Burls iffy sites.

Update September 2019: This cist is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Drizzlecombe, North Cist and the Drizzlecombe Ceremonial Complex (Photos 1).

The cairn, with its central cist, is recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438565, which adds: "The cairn is 12.3m in diameter and on average 0.7m high (1.1m high on the downslope side). The cist measures 0.8m by 0.7m internally and is 0.85m deep; its large capstone, up-ended and partially buried, is 1.9m by 0.9m".

The cairn is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1010654 (Cairn with a cist north of Drizzlecombe Stone Alignments). The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes a record; see MDV3339 (Cairn and cist at Drizzlecombe).
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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by SandyG : A very fine cist with displaced capstone. The cist sits in a small cairn. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Brian Byng : View looking west of the large cist at Drizzlecombe which Burl claims has a row running in an Easterly direction in line with the tilted slab. I looked very carefully & found no sign of such a row. None of my references mention such a row & I have asked around those who should know - again without success. I think this is another of Burls iffy sites. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Anne T : The stones on two of the sides of the cist are much longer than those on the other two, and protrude further. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Anne T : A look across this large cist, which was excavated by Worth in around 1900. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Anne T : Drizzelcombe cairn 13 without people. It's mound and large capstone, now at an angle, are clearly visible. The River Plym glints in the sunlight just above centre/left of the photos. One of the tall longstones can be seen one quarter of the way down at the left hand side of the photo. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Anne T : Sandy G's Intrepid Dartmoor Expedition Group, gathering around the cairn before setting off to try and find the elusive Drizzlecombe West stone row. From left to right: Gordon Fisher, Janet Daynes, Dave Parks (Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks), Sandy G, Andrew Tate (who is partially behind) Andy B.

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by davep : This cairn with cist has a number of different references: Dixon: #5, Grinsell: Sheepstor 25; PDW: Drizzlecombe North Cist; Butler: Drizzlecombe Cairn 13. Photograph from Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, site 305. See: http://www.dartmoorwalks.org.uk/resource/images/large/305A.jpg

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe cairn and cist 13.

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Bladup

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Bladup

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe cairn and cist 13 looking over the three tall standing stones (visible) and their rows (invisible).

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe cairn and cist 13.

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Bladup

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe cairn 13.

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by postman : Fine cist at Drizzlecombe

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by postman

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by AngieLake : The colours and texture of this stone that used to cover the cist were very rich. Weathering over the years had produced a work of art... not to mention the added stripes of abstract art left behind by the birds who enjoy perching upon it! The tallest stone and the Giants Basin are just visible to the south [towards the right, along the line of brown vegetation.]

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by AngieLake : Another view into the neatly shaped cist of Cairn 13. [2005?]

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by AngieLake : Two close-ups into the cist of Cairn 13. [Approx. 2005]

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Drizzlecombe cairn 13 submitted by AngieLake : Looking south from Cairn 13 towards the three major standing stones of Drizzlecombe [in 2005, I think]. The Giants Basin is visible too, just above top left of cairn.

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Re: Drizzlecombe cairn 13 by Anne T on Sunday, 06 August 2017
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The Northern Antiquarian (TNA) also have a page for this well preserved cairn and cist, see their entry for Drizzlecombe 13, Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor, Devon, which includes a drawing of the cairn (after Butler 1994) and some folklore.

What made me smile was TNA's paragraph, accompanied by a photograph, which said "One of the most important finds in recent years—as the photo above shows quite clearly—was the fact that before joining The Goons, the British comedian Spike Milligan used to live in this prehistoric tomb. When asked why he didn’t live in a house like other normal people, he invited us in for a cup of tea.  Some historians believe that the person in the photo is in fact Mr R.H. Worth—author of Worth’s Dartmoor—but Mr Milligan insisted that Worth was an imposter!"
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