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Prehistoric sites within 2km of SX659648

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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.

Corrections, or any feedback or suggestions are very welcome, email: info@dartmoorwalks.org.uk.

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 SX659648

Brown Heath Enclosed Settlement

Brown Heath Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 64080 65390
NMR record: SX 66 NW 47
HER record: 5135
Megalithic Portal: 14936
ShortName: ES:Brown Heath
DPD page: 74
Barrow Report: 38
Notes: "A fine example of an enclosure. The walling consisting of very large stones reaching a height of one metre. It contains three hut circles and a number of courts situated mainly on its north and western sides. There is no obvious entrance." Lethbridge p. 74, diagram p.71. Hook Lake on Megalithic Portal.
Nearby sites: SX64086539
Distance: 1.91km

Brown Heath (Hook Lake) Encircled Cairn and Cist

Brown Heath (Hook Lake) Encircled Cairn and Cist

OS Map: SX 64114 65327
NMR record: SX 66 NW 48
HER record: 5137
Megalithic Portal: 52166
The Stone Rows of GB: Hook Lake
PMD: Hook Lake Stone row
Alternate name: Hook Lake stone row Encircled Cairn and Cist
ShortName: CT:Hook Lake
Butler map: 55.8
DPD page: 74
Grinsell: HAR 3
Turner: F11
Barrow Report: 38
Notes: "A double stone row, on Brown Heath, circa 540 feet in length, direction of length N 10o E. At the north end is a stone circle, diameter 31 feet, surrounding a cairn which contains the remains of a cist." Ruined and possibly no longer visible. Butler Hook Lake stone row - Vol. 4. Map 55.8 (pp.78-9).
Nearby sites: SX64116533
Distance: 1.87km

Brown Heath (Hook Lake) Stone Row

Brown Heath (Hook Lake) Stone Row

OS Map: SX 64112 65318
NMR record: SX 66 NW 48
HER record: 5136
Megalithic Portal: 1788
The Stone Rows of GB: Hook Lake
PMD: Brown Heath Stone Row
Alternate name: Hook Lake Stone Row
ShortName: SR:Hook Lake
Butler map: 55.8
DPD page: 74
Barrow Report: 38
Notes: Worth: Brown Heath, Butler: Hook Lake. "On the southwest slopes of Brown Heath a double stone row 182.0m. long runs from a cairn circle at its northern and higher end to the east side of the enclosure (SX 66 NW 50) where it is overlaid by the enclosure wall. The point at which the southern end of the row ended is therefore not easily determined. The row does not point exactly to the centre of the cairn, but to about 2.0m. to the East. The eastern part of the row contains more stones than the western part, in which there are notable gaps. There are a few large stones, the largest being 1.0m. high and measuring 1.0m. x 0.7m., but most are relatively small, their average height being 0.5m". Lethbridge p.74, diagram p.71. See also: Sea Views at Hook Lake/
Nearby sites: SX64116532
Distance: 1.86km

Buckland Ford Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 65740 66040
NMR record: SX 66 NE 34
HER record: 5187
Megalithic Portal: 717
ShortName: CC:Buckland Fd
Butler map: 57.23
DPD page: 87
Grinsell: LYD 107
Turner: G19
Barrow Report: 65
Notes: Probable cairn circle. "A small, probably sepulchral, stone circle. It consists of 14 stones arranged in an 'egg' shape. The long axis is 9.9 metres aligned due east by 8.2m transversely. A further 7 stones are in close proximity but may not be associated. There is no trace of a cist or cairn." "It is largely obscured by long tussocky grass and the absence of a discernible cairn or cist makes it an unusual site by Dartmoor standards".
Nearby sites: SX65746604
Distance: 1.25km

Dean Moor Enclosed Settlement

Dean Moor Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 67760 65450
NMR record: SX 66 NE 19
HER record: 14799
Megalithic Portal: 45324
ShortName: ES:Dean Moor
Notes: Enclosed settlement on Dean Moor, excavated between 1954 and 1956, prior to construction of the reservoir. Prehistoric walled enclosure containing at least 13 huts together with pens. Parallels have been drawn with the settlement at Kestor. Part of the prehistoric settlement was incorporated into a medieval farmstead (see HER record 14221). Part of site now flooded by Avon Reservoir.
Nearby sites: SX67766545
Distance: 1.97km

Eastern White Barrow (The Submarine) Cairn

OS Map: SX 66550 65168
NMR record: SX 66 NE 31
HER record: 5184
Megalithic Portal: 45572
Alternate name: Eastern White Barrow Cairn
ShortName: CN:E White Bar
Butler map: 57.27
DPD page: 86
Grinsell: BRE 1
Notes: Also known as the Eastern Whittabarrow or Whittaburrow. "A large, round, flat topped cairn measuring 26m in diameter and 3.5m high. It is surmounted by a modern, drum-shaped, marker cairn of 4.5m diameter and 2m high. Known as The Submarine due to its appearance in profile on the horizon. See also Legendary Dartmoor: The Submarine
Nearby sites: SX66556517
Distance: 0.75km

Knatta Barrow Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 65970 64212
NMR record: SX 66 SE 10
HER record: 5717
Megalithic Portal: 45842
ShortName: RC:Knatta Bar.
Butler map: 57.29
Butler Vol 5: p.160 & Fig.102
Grinsell: BRE 2
Turner: A54
Notes: "This large cairn (24m diameter, 1.7m height) composed of loose granite boulders. It is unusual among summit cairns in having a well defined outer bank about 1m wide and 0.5m high. This is partly turf covered but where eroded can be seen to be built of loose stone like the central cairn which touches it. It shows best on the north and east sides, while on the south west side it tends to merge into the body of the cairn."
Nearby sites: SX65976421
Distance: 0.59km

Western White Barrow Cairn

OS Map: SX 65363 65487
NMR record: SX 66 NE 36
HER record: 5193
Megalithic Portal: 28710
ShortName: CN:W White Bar
Butler map: 57.28
DPD page: 86
Grinsell: LYD 104
Notes: Western Whittabarrow or Whittaburrow. "A large cairn measuring 21 by 17.5 metres wide with a maximum height of 1.7 metres. It has been badly mutilated by the construction of a two room building within it."
Nearby sites: SX65366549
Distance: 0.88km

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