A kist or kistvaen is a small rectangular burial chamber constructed in stone with sides and ends of stone slabs set on edge and with a cover of one or more stone slabs. The kist was normally centrally placed in a cairn that covered it and in most cases was ringed by a circle of stones. Kists are prehistoric constructions probably built during the Bronze Age (1500 - 800 BC).
Worth in his Dartmoor considers that the 'Crock of Gold' kist is of the normal construction type. Some of the stones from the cairn and the stone circle remain around the kist.