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New Resting Place for Grave

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A BRONZE age burial chamber has found a new place of rest after almost two years in limbo.

The 4,000-year-old grave or cist, which weighs well over a tonne, was moved to its new home at the High Moorland Centre in Princetown last week.

The granite slabs that make up the cist were transported by truck from Torquay Museum and lifted into position using a crane.

Its reconstruction is as close to the original as possible, aligned in a south easterly direction and covered by the ancient capstone for protection from Dartmoor?s fiercest weather.

It is the second time the cist has been relocated ? after its discovery on Thornworthy Tor in 1880 it was transported to Torquay Museum and spent the next 120 years embedded in the entrance hall floor.

Having removed the cist during refurbishment two years ago the curators could find no alternative site for it within the museum so offered it to Dartmoor National Park Authority.

They arranged for the grave to be reconstructed in the Jack Wigmore garden at the High Moorland Centre where it is now on permanent public display.

The cist will soon be accompanied by an information point describing its fascinating and eventful history.

Copyright: Tindle Newspapers Ltd 18 March 04
Jane Posted by Jane
17th March 2004ce
Edited 25th March 2004ce

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