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Prehistoric sites within 2km of SX53607650

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!

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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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List of sites within 2km of SX53607650

Barn Hill Cist

OS Map: SX 53316 74552
NMR record: SX 57 SW 27
HER record: 14685
Megalithic Portal: 45785
PMD: Barn Hill
Alternate name: Barn Hill S. Cist
ShortName: CT:Barn Hill
Butler map: 44.10.3
DPD page: 15
Grinsell: WHI 3
Notes: "The cairn mound measures 5.7 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.2 metres high. The cist lies slightly south of the cairn's centre and survives as a 0.98 metre long by 0.6 metre wide and 0.3 metre deep stone-lined pit". Possibly described in Barrow report 39 although refers to somethign on the norterhen side of barn Hill and this is on the southern. Butler Barn Hill S. - Vol. 3. Map 44.10.3. (diagram p.34). This listing previously had a grid reference of SX 53333 74575 but that area was visitied on 14/09/20 and that is clearly wrong. The grid reference from the webiste Dartmoor Cam is now thought to be more accurate at SX 53316 74552.
Nearby sites: SX53327455
Distance: 1.97km

Cox Tor Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Cox Tor Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 53069 76190
NMR record: SX 57 NW 39
HER record: 4151
Megalithic Portal: 32104
Alternate name: Cox Tor Summit Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Cox Tor
Butler map: 31.1.3
Grinsell: PET 37a
Turner: A59
Notes: "Cox tor, ring cairn. The outcrop of granite on the summit is surrounded by an ancient wall, enclosing a space of about 21m in diameter, built of small stones. Pillaged and part used in erection of the cairn for the 1887 jubilee."
Nearby sites: SX53067619
Distance: 0.62km

Cox Tor (NE) Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Cox Tor (NE) Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 53047 76430
NMR record: SX 57 NW 35
HER record: 4127
Megalithic Portal: 32104
Alternate name: Cox Tor N.6 Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Cox Tor NE
Butler map: 31.1.6
Grinsell: PET 36
Turner: A51
Notes: "Narrow ridge of north-south outcropping rock measuring 10 metres in diameter, surrounded by circular stoney bank 4 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. 1890 excavation showed it to consist of an outer bank with central infill of loose stones and earth. No trace of burials or artefacts." "Cox Tor. Smaller of two adjacent cairns. Lies 12.5 metres south-east of larger one (see related record). Similar in shape, though smaller; diameter 8.23 metres. Construction of centre was loose, much earth being mingled with the stone. Nothing found and no pit in the "calm"." (Baring-Gould - fifth report of the DEC)
Nearby sites: SX53057643
Distance: 0.55km

Cox Tor (NW) Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Cox Tor (NW) Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 53024 76424
NMR record: SX 57 NW 36
HER record: 4128
Megalithic Portal: 32104
Alternate name: Cox Tor N.5 Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Cox Tor NW
Butler map: 31.1.5
Grinsell: PET 35
Turner: A48
Notes: Possibly HER 4128.
Nearby sites: SX53027642
Distance: 0.59km

Cox Tor N.E. Settlement

OS Map: SX 53600 76500
NMR record: SX 57 NW 32
HER record: 4105
Megalithic Portal: 17508
ShortName: ST:CoxTorNE
Notes: Details via Megalithic Portal.
Nearby sites: SX53607650
Distance: 0km

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
NMR record: SX 57 NW 112
HER record: 48862
Megalithic Portal: 45833
ShortName: RC:Langstone
Turner: A22
Notes: The author visited this site on 25/06/2018. 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.

"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".

See also: On periglacial mounds see "What are these bumps on the moor?". 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
Distance: 1.89km

Roos Tor N. Cairn

Roos Tor N. Cairn

OS Map: SX 54838 77646
NMR record: SX 57 NW 27
HER record: 4116
Megalithic Portal: 35802
Alternate name: Langstone Moor S.2 Cairn
ShortName: CN:Langston S2
Butler map: 31.19.2
Grinsell: PET 34
Notes: "Two round barrows on Peter Tavy Great Common. (A) SX54847764 A flat topped stony mound, probably a cairn, about 12m E-W by 11m transversely and of 0.6m maximum height. There is no apparent kerb and the edges are ill-defined. It is predominantly turf-covered but a small area of stones is exposed in the NW quadrant presumably the site of the 1899 excavation.(B) SX54887765 Located 45m ENE of 'A' or probable cairn visible as a turf covered mound about 5m in diameter and 0.3m high. No kerb is evident and the centre has been disturbed. The mounds are both quite prominently situated on the summit of a gently domed ridge of rough grassland which is generally devoid of surface stone." Previously listed on HER as 4120 - presumably deleted as a duplicate of 4116.
Nearby sites: SX54847765
Distance: 1.69km

Roos Tor N.W. Settlement

OS Map: SX 53900 77200
NMR record: SX 57 NW 18
HER record: 4104
Megalithic Portal: 17509
ShortName: ST:RoosTorNW
Notes: Details via Megalithic Portal.
Nearby sites: SX53907720
Distance: 0.76km

Whitchurch Common (N) Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 53010 74990
NMR record: SX 57 SW 89
HER record: 4115
Megalithic Portal: 3535
Alternate name: Whitchurch Common N. Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Whitchurch1
Turner: A41
Notes: Hut Circle or ring cairn? "Ring cairn with entrance. Stone ring 5.5m internal diam, with bank 1.5m wide and 0.4m high.2.5m wide entrance on ssw side" " A hut with an internal diam of 5.8m and walling 1.5m wide and 0.4m high; there is an entrance gap in the sw. This is evidently grinsell's cairn and worth's barrow.(broadly it is on the n slope of barn hill as stated by worth, but locally on the sw slope). While the structure might in isolation be construed as a cairn, the lack of any internal stone, the consistently smooth angle of the inner face of the wall and the presence of other huts and a field system militate against the worth and grinsell classifications"
Nearby sites: SX53017499
Distance: 1.62km

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