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Dartmoor monument restored

Posted 20 December 2011
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Dartmoor monument restored
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A monument on Dartmoor has been restored to its previous condition after a stone that had been taken away for laboratory analysis was returned.

The Cist - a stone chest located at a Bronze Age burial site - had been taken to Wiltshire for tests on the grave's artefacts by the archaeology and conservation teams at the Dartmoor National park Authority.

It has now been placed back in position on Whitehorse Hill.

Walkers may note some of these cists when walking on the moors in their winter jackets, as there are around 200 in the national park, although the Whitehorse Hill example is the only one set in a peat mound, with the grave being discovered when the original stone fell out as the mound was eroded by the weather.

At 600 metres above sea level, the hill is one of the highest points in the national park and in southern England.

The highest of all is High Willhays at 621 metres (2,039 ft), one of just two points in the south to top the 2,000 ft mark along with nearby Yes Tor.