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Dartmoor Site: Langstone Moor Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Langstone Moor Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Langstone Moor Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Stone Row & Settlements
OS Map: SX 54843 77922
OS Source: Garmin
NMR record: SX 57 NW 112
HER record: 48862
Megalithic Portal: 45833
Alternate name: Langstone Moor
Short Name: RC:Langstone
Turner: A22
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: PDW
Dimensions (m): 6.9
Notes: Turner A22. "A semi-circular bank, possibly the remains of a ring cairn.1.4 to 2m wide, 0.4m high. Composed of small + medium sized stones now largely turf-covered. It fades at each end of a near-perfect semi-circle of 14.9m internal diam. There is a low stone pile, 0.2m high, in se quadrant".

The author visited this site on 26/06/2018. A semi circular group of mounds can indeed be seen but these mounds are like the mounds all over Cox Tor, White Tor and Roos Tor. These mounds are probably periglacial. An alternative explanation of these mounds is the activity of the yellow meadow ant (Lasius flavus). Whilst the ants can use stones (natural or ring cairn) to initiate their mounds they are not required. Whichever explanation for these mounds is correct it seems most likely this site is a natural occurrence that happens to look like a ring cairn.

See also: On periglacial mounds see "Geology of Merrivale SSSI". On meadow ant mounds, see Morey, C.R 2010 "A New Interpretation of the Earth Hummocks on Cox Tor, Dartmoor, Devonshire" Geoscience in South-West England, 12, 219-222)
Nearby sites: SX54847792

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