Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, walking the Stone Rows and Stone Circles of Dartmoor
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Search Tool: Prehistoric monuments within 2km of SX636858

Guidance for walkers: The monuments featured in this database are archaeological treasures and need to be protected and preserved - please do not disturb any sites. Please check access and firing times before visiting sites, not all sites listed are on open access land. Firing ranges and boundaries of open access areas are marked on the OL28 OS Dartmoor Explorer map. Please stick to the country code and consider giving support to the numerous agencies that help to keep Dartmoor a fabulous natural and historic environment!

About the database: In all listings clicking on the photo will open a page for the site with a larger photo. The listings are drawn mainly from scientific journals and will not include the most recently discovered minor sites. There is comprehensive coverage of stone circles, stone rows and menhirs. Listings for cists and cairn circles should cover most of the better known sites. There are only partial entries for round cairns, settlements, pounds and none for reaves. For listings of specific types of monument click on Resources in the menu above. Corrections, or any feedback or suggestions are very welcome, email:

NOTE: Clicking on the icons for each monument in the map will give the name of the monument. Where icons overlap they are replaced with an icon with a number - zooming in may separate them out.

Search for sites near-by OS Grid Reference (6 or 8 digit) SX

Hangingstone Hill Cairn

OS Map: SX 61660 86060
NMR record: SX 68 NW 19
HER record: 4377
Megalithic Portal: 45858
ShortName: CN:Hanging
Butler map: 41.5
Grinsell: LYD 6
Notes: Due to be excavated in 2016. Grinsell LYDFORD 6. Butler Map 41.5 (Vol 2). "A low, flat-topped cairn located on the summit of Haningstone Hill. It measures 17.5m north to south by 15.0m at base and is maximum 1.4m high. It is apparently composed of medium sized granite slabs and boulders with a thin and patchy covering of turf. An ovoid hollow, 3.1m north to south by 2.0m and 0.3m deep, containing the stump of the flag pole (noted in the Devon SMR) lies slightly east of centre. A Range Wardens' hut encroaches on the southern side of the cairn. A considerable amount of peat has built up or has been deposited on the eastern side elongating the mound by some 10m in this direction."
Nearby sites: SX61668606
Distance: 1.96km

Shoveldown N.W. 5 Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Shovel Down Ceremonial Complex
OS Map: SX 64389 86247
NMR record: SX 68 NW 14
HER record: 4394
Megalithic Portal: 45782
PMD: Stonetor Hill
Alternate name: Shoveldown N.W.1 Cist
ShortName: CT:Shovel NW5
Butler map: 37.5.1
Butler Vol 5: p.202 & Fig.145
Grinsell: GID 1
Notes: GID 1? Butler Shoveldown N.W.1. - Vol. 2. Map 37.5. (diagram Vol. 5. p.202). Grinsell GIDLEIGH 1 - Stonetor Hill(W). "The remains of a Bronze age cairn and cist which form part of a cairn cemetery on Long Ridge, known locally as Langridge, overlooking the valley of the River North Teign. The cairn has a circular mound which measures 5.2 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. The cist measures 0.83 metres square by up to 0.47 metres deep. The capstone, which once covered the cist, now lies 0.7 metres NNW of the cist."
Nearby sites: SX64398625
Distance: 0.91km

Stonetor Brookhead E. Cist

OS Map: SX 65270 85630
NMR record: SX 68 NE 75
HER record: 13023
Megalithic Portal: 45807
PMD: Stonetor Brook Head
Alternate name: Stonetor Brookhead E.2 Cist
ShortName: CT:Stonetor E2
Butler map: 37.2.2
Butler Vol 5: p.201 & Fig.144
DPD page: 133
Notes: Butler Vol. 2. Map 37.2 (diagram Vol 5 p.201). "A mutilated cist situated amongst peat cuttings on the moderate W slope of shovel Down. Only the N endstone, 0.6m long, remains in situ on the edge of a hollow 1.1m N-S by 0.9m and 0.2m deep. An irregular slab 0.15m thick, probably the disturbed coverstone, lies propped up on the endstone. There is no trace of a covering cairn". Lethbridge diagram p.133 and photo top p.133.
Nearby sites: SX65278563
Distance: 1.68km

Stonetor Hill Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 65250 85470
NMR record: SX 68 NE 115
HER record: 54535
Megalithic Portal: 3478
Alternate name: Stonetor Hill 1 Cairn Circle
ShortName: CC:Stonetor 1
DPD page: 133
Turner: G12
Notes: Dubious site. Possibly site listed as Stone Circle G12 by Turner. "Two upright slabs situated in the shallow valley bottom above the headmire of the E arm of the Stonetor Brook. The slabs, 1.2m high, are positioned in line 1.0m apart and lie on the boundary of Gidleigh Parish and the Forest of Dartmoor, now Dartmoor Forest parish. The N face of the E stone has the letters 'GP' (Gidleigh parish). The S face is lichen covered. A deep water filled erosion hollow lies on the N side of these stones". For a photo of this site, see Boundary stone on Stonetor Hill
Nearby sites: SX65258547
Distance: 1.68km

Stonetor Hill Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 65200 85360
NMR record: SX 68 NE 110
HER record: 48856
Megalithic Portal: 3478
Alternate name: Stonetor Hill 3 Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Stonetor 3
DPD page: 133
Turner: A3
Notes: Turner A3. Possible pound? "The feature consists of a sub-circular earthern bank 25m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height. It is best preserved on the North side where the bank is well defined, flat topped and has a plan width of about 4.0m On the South side the bank has been spread and flattened but still survives to 0.5m in height as a prominent outward-facing scarp, where the natural ground surface falls away from the enclsure. There is no entrance through the bank."
Nearby sites: SX65208536
Distance: 1.66km

Whitehorse Hill Cist

Whitehorse Hill Cist

OS Map: SX 61735 85482
NMR record: SX 68 NW 115
HER record: 66367
Megalithic Portal: 29778
PMD: White Horse Hill
ShortName: CT:Whitehorse
DPD page: 131
Notes: This cist was excavated in August 2011. It featured on an 1892 map by John Chudleigh in An Exploration of Dartmoor's Antiquities. It was re-discovered in 2001 and recently excavated. Carbon dating suggests it is Bronze Age in date. Dates for the top of the cist gives 2800-1890BC and for the bottom of the cist 3650-3100BC. Provisional carbon dates for artifacts suggest the remains are Bronze Age (1900-1500BC). Inside the cist an animal hide bag was found containing cremation remains including a number of artefacts including amber beads (amber would have been imported from overseas), wooden ear studs, a delicate bracelet studded with tin beads, a textile fragment with detailed leather fringing and a unique coiled bag. For further information see: Legendary Dartmoor and also DNPA: Update on Whitehorse Hill Cist excavation and Dartmoor tomb treasure horde uncovered by archaeologists. Not listed in Butler - relevant map of area is Vol. 2. Map 41. Lethbridge pp.131-132
Nearby sites: SX61748548
Distance: 1.89km

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