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Prehistoric sites within 2km of SX665646

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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.

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 SX665646

Black Tor (Avon) Stone Row

Black Tor (Avon) Stone Row

OS Map: SX 67730 63494
NMR record: SX 66 SE 73
HER record: 5778
Megalithic Portal: 1772
The Stone Rows of GB: Black Tor Avon Stone Row
PMD: Black Tor Avon Stone Row
ShortName: SR:Black Tor
Butler map: 57.25
DPD page: 85
Notes: "A stone row running north west - south east seen on the plateau west of Black Tor". The stones are very hidden and difficult to see. The row is headed at the NW end by two small cairns. Lethbridge suggests remains of cist in one of them, diagram p.85. See also HER 5752, SX 66 SE 89 and SX 66 SE 33
Nearby sites: SX67736349
Distance: 1.66km

Brent Moor House Cist

OS Map: SX 68020 64030
NMR record: SX 66 SE 3
HER record: 5744
Megalithic Portal: 45754
PMD: Brent Moor House
ShortName: CT:Brent Moor
Grinsell: BRE 3
Barrow Report: 65 66
Notes: "A cist lies on the right bank of the Avon, a short distance above Brent Moor House, about 175 feet below the small stream which flows south of Riders Rings ... The cist, which consists of two end stones and one side stone, stands in a small cairn." Doubtful. (grinsell) "supposed cairn of large stones, enclosing possible cist placed se-nw. The whole area is covered with clitter, and it is possible that the site may be natural. In summer it is under dense bracken. No measurements given." Butler Vol. 4. Map 57.9 (not actually covered in Butler but relevant map).
Nearby sites: SX68026403
Distance: 1.62km

Brockhill Settlement

OS Map: SX 67700 65700
NMR record: SX 66 NE 20
HER record: 5233
Megalithic Portal: 42627
ShortName: ST:Brockhill
Nearby sites: SX67706570
Distance: 1.63km

Brockhill Ford Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

Brockhill Ford Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

OS Map: SX 67809 65702
NMR record: SX 66 NE 21
HER record: 5234
Megalithic Portal: 705
PMD: Brockhill Ford
Alternate name: Brockhill Ford W. Ring Setting Cairn and Cist
ShortName: CT:Brockhill
Butler map: 57.18
DPD page: 88
Grinsell: DEA 2
Turner: D3
Barrow Report: 68
Notes: "The side stones, both 1.4m long, lean inwards and the end stones north west 0.7m long, southeast 0.8m long, are firmly set. The probable coverstone, 1.2m by 0.8m, is displaced and lies to the south east of the cist. The cist is surrounded by the remains of a stone circle, long axis 8.8m, aligned with cist, short axis 7.2m. It is constructed of large slabs, up to 1.4m long with a single upright stone, 0.5m high, set contiguously in the north west arc. There are no visible remains of a cairn." Lethbridge p.88 photo (note the diagram is not related). See also: Huntingdon cross walk. Butler Brockhill Ford W. - Vol. 4. Map 57.18 (pp.151-2 diagram p.152).
Nearby sites: SX67816570
Distance: 1.71km

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: 1.63km

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: 1.52km

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: 0.57km

Gripper's Hill Enclosed Settlement

Gripper's Hill Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 68154 64863
NMR record: SX 66 SE 1
HER record: 5742
Megalithic Portal: 45320
ShortName: ES:Grippers
Notes: "A Bronze Age pastoral settlement on Gripper's Hill, Dean Prior, was excavated in July 1954 by Lady Aileen Fox on behalf of the Ministry of Works. The site comprises four enclosures containing ten or more huts."
Nearby sites: SX68156486
Distance: 1.67km

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: 0.66km

Riders Rings Enclosed Settlement

Riders Rings Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 67870 64360
NMR record: SX 66 SE 2
HER record: 5767
Megalithic Portal: 45321
ShortName: ES:RidersRings
DPD page: 85
Notes: "The largest and most important pound in the Avon Valley. Situated on the eastern slope of Zeal Plains. It is best regarded as being two contiguous pounds, of which it would appear that the south west member was constructed first, while the north east member was added as a later extension. The two pounds together cover an area of over six acres and enclose some three dozen hut-circles". Lethbridge p.85
Nearby sites: SX67876436
Distance: 1.39km

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: 1.45km

Page last updated 03/08/21