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Prehistoric sites within 2km of SX693828

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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 SX693828

Birch Tor Cairn

OS Map: SX 68686 81654
NMR record: SX 68 SE 16
HER record: 6673
Megalithic Portal: 34981
Alternate name: Birch Tor Summit Cairn
ShortName: CN:Birch Tor
Butler map: 24.4
Grinsell: N.BOV 1
Barrow Report: 56
Notes: "The heavily disturbed remains of a large, flat-topped cairn lie on the ridge crest 230 metres north of Birch Tor. The centre and south margin of this feature have apparently suffered from an unrecorded excavation with spoil dumped to the south and on the east fringe of the mound. Two large upright slabs are embedded in the unexcavated interior of the cairn and may have previously been interpreted as elements of a kerb even though they lie several metres in from the actual edge of the feature. 10m to the north-west of the cairn is a warren boundary stone inscribed with the letters`WB'on its eastern side."
Nearby sites: SX68698165
Distance: 1.3km

Bush Down Settlement

OS Map: SX 68490 82170
NMR record: SX 68 SE 15
HER record: 6596
Megalithic Portal: 7699
ShortName: ST:BushDown
Nearby sites: SX68498217
Distance: 1.03km

Challacombe Down Cairn Circle

Challacombe Down Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Challacombe Down Triple Stone Row
OS Map: SX 68980 80840
NMR record: SX 68 SE 28
HER record: 49462
Megalithic Portal: 1819
PMD: Challacombe Down Stone Row
ShortName: CC:Challacombe
Butler map: 24.3
Butler Vol 5: p.239 & Fig.169
Turner: G20
Notes: Dubious site - the current arrangement relates to stones placed during restoration of the stone row. See Worth (1953) p. 226 on how "nothing coherent" came of attempts to re-erect stones scattered to the west of the north end of the row which gave the appearance of a stone circle.
Nearby sites: SX68988084
Distance: 1.99km

Grimslake Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

Grimslake Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

OS Map: SX 70418 81165
NMR record: SX 78 SW 10
HER record: 8744
Megalithic Portal: 44533
The Stone Rows of GB: Grimslake Cist
PMD: Hookney Down
Alternate name: Grimslake Mire Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
ShortName: CT:Grimslake
Butler map: 20.16
Butler Vol 5: p.219 & Fig.153
DPD page: 128
Grinsell: N.BOV 3
Turner: E18
Notes: Cairn with kerb circle and central cist. Lethbridge diagram p.127 and photo top p.128. Butler Grimslake Mire - Vol. 1. Map 20.16 (diagram p.147).
Nearby sites: SX70428117
Distance: 1.98km

Hookney Tor Cairn

OS Map: SX 69905 81314
NMR record: SX 68 SE 36
HER record: 6611
Megalithic Portal: 34982
Alternate name: Hookney Tor summit Cairn
ShortName: CN:HookneyTor
Butler map: 20.7
Grinsell: N.BOV 2
Notes: Tor cairn north of Hookney Tor and resembling a barrow in shape. Enough of the topsoil has been removed to show that the mound is a natural outcrop feature covered with turf and heather, enclosed on three sides by a broken turf and stone bank. A footpath approaching the west side has probably effaced the remainder of the circuit.
Nearby sites: SX69918131
Distance: 1.61km

Hurston Ridge Settlement

OS Map: SX 67400 82500
NMR record: SX 68 SE 9
HER record: 6668
Megalithic Portal: 34979
ShortName: ST:HurstonRidg
Butler map: 25.9
Nearby sites: SX67408250
Distance: 1.92km

Shapley Common Standing Stone

OS Map: SX 70012 82227
NMR record:
HER: No record found
PMD: Shapley Common
ShortName: SS:Shapley C1
Butler map: 23.5
Butler Vol 5: p.212
Notes: Possible standing stone, see Butler Vol V (1997) p 212.
Nearby sites: SX70018223
Distance: 0.91km

Shapley Common Round House

OS Map: SX 69420 82060
NMR record: SX 68 SE 384
HER record: 6553
Megalithic Portal: 45859
ShortName: HC:ShapleyComm
DPD page: 128
Notes: Lethbridge p.128 Hut Circle on Shapley Common - particularly fine example.
Nearby sites: SX69428206
Distance: 0.75km

West Vitifer Cist

OS Map: SX 67574 82806
NMR record: SX 68 SE 7
HER record: 6615
Megalithic Portal: 34980
PMD: Chagford Common
ShortName: CT:WestVitifer
Butler map: 25.11
Grinsell: CHA 4
Barrow Report: 16
Notes: "Possible location of a Bronze Age cist, although when subject to field investigation in November 2002 the site was not found" "The cairn was partially excavated in 1897 by the Barrow Committee of the Devonshire Association. This working revealed a ring of slabs surrounding a cist which had not been previously examined. In the cist there was a complete Bronze Age beaker together with charcoal but no trace of a burial." Cairn survives, restored urn thought to be in Plymouth museum. See: Sixteenth Barrow Report 1897. Butler Vol. 2. Map 25.11 ( p.32).
Nearby sites: SX67578281
Distance: 1.73km

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