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Dartmoor Resource: Guide to Dartmoor Neolithic Sites

Listing of Dartmoor Neolithic Sites

Chambered Tombs

Spinsters Rock Chambered Tomb

Spinsters Rock Chambered Tomb

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Spinsters' Rock
OS Map: SX 70098 90789
NMR record: SX 79 SW 1
HER record: 8440
Megalithic Portal: 149
PMD: Spinsters Rock
Short Name: NT:Spinsters
Butler Vol 5: p.155
Grinsell: A:DREW 1
DPD: 150
Notes: Chambered tomb restored in 1862. No evidence to confirm or deny the existence of an original mound survives. The remains of the chamber consist of three granite orthostats 6 to 9 1/2 feet high which support a large capstone 14 1/2 feet long by 10 feet wide. No trace of any mound survives. It is associated with the nearby stones thought to have been circles and alignments (SX 69 SE 25) (see Shilstone Common & Spinster's Rock page).
Nearby sites: SX70109079

Butterdon Hill Chambered Tomb

Butterdon Hill Chambered Tomb

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Walk: The Neolithic tombs of Cuckoo Ball & Corringdon Ball
OS Map: SX 66012 58573
NMR record: SX 65 NE 4
HER record: 2886
Megalithic Portal: 31698
PMD: Butterdon Long Cairn
Alternate name: Butterdon Hill chambered cairn Chambered Tomb
Short Name: NT:Butterdon
Butler map: 53.15
Butler Vol 5: p.155
Grinsell: A:UGB 2
Dimensions (m): 25.0 x 13.0 x 0.9
Notes: "The mound is situated on a slight south-east slope at 1050 ft O.D. It is 25 metres long, orientated north-south, is 16.0 metres wide and 0.9 metre high at the north end and 10.0 metres wide and 0.7 metre high at the south end. There are no visible side ditches. The construction is of earth and small stones but extensive pillaging and/or excavation has exposed a number of large upright and some displaced stones. The mound is certainly a long barrow."
Nearby sites: SX66015857

Gidleigh - North Chambered Tomb

OS Map: SX 65870 88950
NMR record: SX 68 NE 73
HER record: 6212
Megalithic Portal: 45581
PMD: Gidleigh North Chambered Cairn
Alternate name: Buttern Hill Chambered Cairn 2 Chambered Tomb
Short Name: NT:Gidleigh N
Butler map: 38.7.2
Butler Vol 5: p.157
Grinsell: A:GID 1
Notes: "A chambered cairn located on an east facing slope of Buttern Hill. The cairn mound measures 26 metres long and 9 metres wide and stands up to 1 metre high. Several set stones at the western end of the mound represent the remains of a passage leading towards a chamber."
Nearby sites: SX65878895

Gidleigh - South Chambered Tomb

Gidleigh - South Chambered Tomb

OS Map: SX 65670 88550
NMR record: SX 68 NE 74
HER record: 6213
Megalithic Portal: 10040
PMD: Gidleigh South Chambered Cairn
Alternate name: Buttern Hill Chambered Cairn 1 Chambered Tomb
Short Name: NT:Gidleigh S
Butler map: 38.7.1
Butler Vol 5: p.157
DPD: 147
Dimensions (m): 8.0 x 6.0 x 0.5
Notes: "The remains of a Neolithic chambered cairn on Buttern Hill. The cairn survives as a mound standing up to 0.6 metres high. The chamber and associated entrance passage include seven orthostats, two of which form a portaled entrance. A leat runs to the west of the cairn."
Nearby sites: SX65678855

Corringdon Ball Chambered Tomb

Corringdon Ball Chambered Tomb

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Corringdon Ball Chambered Tomb & Stone Rows
OS Map: SX 66956 61300
NMR record: SX 66 SE 45
HER record: 5750
Megalithic Portal: 4619
PMD: Corringdon Ball Chambered Cairn
Alternate name: Corringdon Ball chambered tomb Chambered Tomb
Short Name: NT:Corringdon
Butler map: 56.10
Butler Vol 5: p.155
Grinsell: A:BRE 1
DPD: 83
Barrow Report: 28 66
Dimensions (m): 42 x 18 x 2.4
Notes: Grinsell SOUTH BRENT 1. "An earthen long barrow with a ruined stone chamber at the south east end. Early excavation and mutilation has resulted in two distinct mounds, the larger one at the south east end separated from the smaller by a path or trackway. The smaller mound appears to mark the limit of the barrow on the northwest; beyond this it merges into the natural hill-side. There are no side ditches but these may be obscured by soil washed down from the hill. The length is 42.0 m; the maximum width is 18.0m and the maximum height of 2.4m."
Nearby sites: SX66966130

Cuckoo Ball Chambered Tomb

Cuckoo Ball Chambered Tomb

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Cuckoo Ball Chambered Tomb
OS Map: SX 65963 58195
NMR record: SX 65 NE 34
HER record: 2885
Megalithic Portal: 31700
PMD: Cuckoo Ball Chambered Cairn
Alternate name: Cuckoo Ball chambered cairn Chambered Tomb
Short Name: NT:Cuckoo Ball
Butler map: 53.15
Butler Vol 5: p.155
Grinsell: A:UGB 1
DPD: 80
Barrow Report: 30
Dimensions (m): c.28.0 x 12.0 x 0.8
Notes: Grinsell UGBOROUGH 1. "The remains of a long cairn and burial chamber on a hill-slope at Cuckoo Ball. The cairn, which was probably robbed for newtake walls to the west and north, is 23 metres long by 12 metres wide, aligned north/south, and is 0.7 metre high at the north. The burial chamber is at the north end."
Nearby sites: SX65965820

Neolithic Enclosures

White Tor (Whittor) Neolithic Enclosure

White Tor (Whittor) Neolithic Enclosure

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: White Tor Fort
OS Map: SX 54230 78670
NMR record: SX 57 NW 8
HER record: 4101
Megalithic Portal: 17506
Short Name: NE:White Tor
Butler map: 31.13
DPD: 13
Notes: Neolithic tor enclosure. "A camp on the summit of White Tor formed by a double wall, now in ruinous condition. Both walls appear to have been 10 to 11 feet thick, the outer wall being 4 to 4 1/2 feet high, the inner 6 to 7 feet high. The distance between the walls varies between 10 and 40 feet. The entrances are to the east, where access is easier, they are not opposite and are protected by the spur walls. Within the camp are four hut circles and three possible hut shelters, and two northern circles (numbers 5 and 6 on plan) are joined by a short wall." See also, Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor's White Tor Neolithic Settlement. See also HER record MDV4102.
Nearby sites: SX54237867

Dewerstone Neolithic Enclosure

OS Map: SX 53800 63900
NMR record: SX 56 SW 14
HER record: 2380
Megalithic Portal: 29453
Short Name: NE:Dewerstone
Butler map: 48.1
Notes: A poorly preserved stone-built double walled enclosure, the outer of which is thought to represent the site of a Neolithic hilltop enclosure. "The outer enclosure is potentially Neolithic, while the inner is probably of Bronze Age date. The stone-built double wall of the outer enclosure is poorly preserved with an average height of 0.7m, and given its loose composition is unlikely to have stood higher than 1.5m. The inner and outer walls now have average widths of 4.0m and 3.4m respectively. Five probable or possible entrances through the double wall were identified; the existence of so many may support the hypothesis that the enclosure is of Neolithic date."
Nearby sites: SX53806390

Upper Glazebrook Neolithic Enclosure

Upper Glazebrook Neolithic Enclosure

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Corringdon Ball Chambered Tomb & Stone Rows
OS Map: SX 66360 61260
NMR record: SX 66 SE 114
HER record: 5692
Megalithic Portal: 45594
Short Name: NE:Upper Glaze
Butler Vol 5: p.155
Notes: A rectangular enclosure not far from Corringdon Ball chambered tomb measuring 112m by 34m that can be seen clearly on aerial and satellite photos of the area. The walls are up to 1.5m thick and 0.3m high, and have been entirely destroyed on the east and north-west sides. There is no obvious entrance and the interior is empty of any structure. According to Butler the east to west orientation of the long axis could suggest a mortuary enclosure of mid-neolithic date (Vol 5 pp.155-6).
Nearby sites: SX66366126

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