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Prehistoric sites within 2km of SX660901

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!

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

About the database listings: In all listings clicking on the photo or the site name will open a page for the site with a larger photo and further details from the database. The database now has over 6680 records covering nearly all publicly listed sites on Dartmoor including around 4800 round houses. This level of detail is of interest to archaeologists but tends to swamp listings of sites more likely to be of interest for walkers. For this reason, the listings default to around 550 core sites only. These are the stone circles, stone rows and the ring cairns listed by Turner. The default search radius is 2 km. The controls below the map can be used to start a new search by entering a 6- or 8-digit reference (without the prefix "SX"). The search radius can be specified and you can add incremental Display layers of detail on top of the core sites. If using a more detailed layer you will need to decrease the search radius to avoid getting hundreds of search results.

These listings have incorporated, matched up and merged all of the records from all of the major archaeological listings including: Worth, Grinsell, Turner, Butler, Bill Radcliffe, Sandy Gerrard, Megalithic Portal, the National Monument Records and the Historic Environment Records. The author would like to thank Bill, Sandy, the lovely people both at Megalithic Portal (especially Anne Tate who did an amazing job to link listings) and at ACE Archaeology for collaborative work over the years to synchronise and correct listings across the various websites which now interlink. A culmination of years of work the final merger of cairn records took 3 months of cross referencing in 2017 the result being a snapshot of the records at that time. This data has in turn been refined since by field work and research. The round house data was supplied by Sandy Gerrard. Grid references are in order of accuracy: from Google Earth satellite, if visible and found, from a Garmin GPS reading, if visited by the author and from the literature otherwise. Individual site pages will state the source of the grid reference and provide satellite imagery. If a site listing lacks a photo it has not yet been visited by the author in which case the grid reference is from the literature.

Currently the database only includes sites which can be represented by a grid reference. Reaves are not included as they require GIS shape technology which is beyond the current capability of this system. To see the sources for the records, look at the tables on the resources menu. The database listings can also be viewed on a Google map and downloaded as GPS datasets for Garmin devices.

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NOTE: Clicking on the icons for each monument in the map will give the name of the site. You can zoom in and out and drag the map around.

List of sites within 2km of SX660901

Buttern Hill Stone Circle

Buttern Hill Stone Circle

OS Map: SX 64949 88481
NMR record: SX 68 NW 11
HER record: 4371
Megalithic Portal: 724
PMD: Buttern Hill Stone Circle
ShortName: SC ButternHill
DPD page: 147
Turner: G7
Notes: NNE of Scorhill about 2Km. "The remains of a Bronze Age stone circle situated on level ground overlooking the valley of the North Teign River and Whitemoor Marsh. The stone circle measures 24.8 metres in diameter and is denoted by five upright granite slabs standing up to 0.76 metres high. A further 12 recumbent stones lie where they have fallen." Also known as the Throwleigh circle. According to R.N. Worth, although not confirmed since, there was "a small cairn between five and six yards in from the southern edge" and also there is a companion circle a short distance on the slope westward, 60 feet in diameter consisting of four stones with a possible large central pillar, see T.D.A. Vol 24 (1894) p.303-4. For a photo of this site, see: Megalithic Portal: Buttern E - Stone Circle
Nearby sites: SX64958848
Distance: 1.93km

Buttern Hill Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 65500 89000
NMR: No record found
HER record: 6140
Megalithic Portal: 25242
ShortName: ES:ButternHill
Nearby sites: SX65508900
Distance: 1.21km

Gidleigh - North Chambered Tomb

Gidleigh - North Chambered Tomb

OS Map: SX 65867 88956
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
ShortName: 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: SX65878896
Distance: 1.15km

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
ShortName: NT Gidleigh S
Butler map: 38.7.1
Butler Vol 5: p.157
DPD page: 147
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
Distance: 1.58km

Throwleigh Reported Stone Circle

OS Map: SX 64769 88580
NMR: No record found
HER record: 4392
ShortName: SC:Throwleigh
Notes: "Possible circle circa 180 metres north-west of the Buttern Hill circle comprising four or five stones around a fallen standing stone. Recorded by Worth (1894) and apparently seen by the Ordnance Survey in 1950, although the recorder in 1951 could not locate it, this feature has not been confirmed since 1950."
Nearby sites: SX64778858
Distance: 1.96km

Page last updated 03/08/21