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Sites in this group:

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Affaland Moor Round Barrow(s)
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Aylesbeare Common Round Barrow(s)
Beacon Castle Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Beacon Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Belbury Castle Hillfort
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Berry's Wood Hillfort
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Berry Camp Hillfort
29 posts
Blackbury Camp Hillfort
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Blackdown Rings Hillfort
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Bolt Tail Promontory Fort
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Boringdon Camp Hillfort
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Bow Henge Henge
Bremridge Wood Hillfort
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Brent Hill Hillfort
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Broad Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Buckland Ford Cairn Circle Cairn circle
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Burley Camp Hillfort
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Cadbury Castle Hillfort
Castle Close Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Castle Dyke (Chudleigh) Hillfort
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Castle Dyke (Little Haldon) Enclosure
Castle Head Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cholwich Town (destroyed) Stone Row / Alignment
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Chudleigh Rocks Cave / Rock Shelter
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Clovelly Dykes Plateau Fort
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Colaton Raleigh Common Round Barrow(s)
Cotley Castle Hillfort
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Countisbury Castle Promontory Fort
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Cranmore Castle Hillfort
Cunnilear Camp Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Damage Barton Standing Stones
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285 sites
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Denbury Hillfort
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Denbury Hillfort round barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Dolbury Hillfort
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Dumpdon Hill Hillfort
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Embury Beacon Cliff Fort
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24 sites
Exmoor (Devon) Region
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Farway Castle Henge
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Farway Castle Barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Gallows Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Gittisham Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Halwell Camp Hillfort
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Hangman's Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Hangman's Stone (Combe Martin) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Hawkesdown Hill Hillfort
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Heathfield Beacons Round Barrow(s)
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Hembury Causewayed Enclosure
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Higher Bury Camp Hillfort
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Hillsborough Promontory Fort
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Jackmoor Brook Barrow Round Barrow(s)
8 posts
Kent's Cavern Cave / Rock Shelter
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Littlecombe Shoot Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
8 posts
Longstone (East Worlington) Standing Stone / Menhir
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27 sites
Maristow Camp Enclosure
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Mattocks Down Standing Stones
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Membury Castle Hillfort
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Milber Down Camp Hillfort
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Musbury Castle Hillfort
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No Man's Chapel Trackway Ancient Trackway
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Ritson Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Roborough Beacon Enclosure
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Seven Stones Stone Circle (Destroyed)
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Sidbury Castle Hillfort
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Sittaford Stone Circle
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Stanborough Camp Hillfort
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Thorn Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Three Barrows (Upton Pyne) Round Barrow(s)
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Ugworthy Barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Voley Castle Hillfort
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Whitestone, Lee Bay Standing Stone / Menhir
26 posts
Woodbury Castle Hillfort
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Woodbury (Dartmouth) Hillfort
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Wooston Castle Hillfort
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Devil's Stone Natural Rock Feature


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Prehistoric stone hunt under way in Devon salt marsh

A team of archaeologists is braving horse flies, spiky vegetation and murky ditches to hunt for mysterious standing stones lost beneath a West Country salt marsh... continues...
moss Posted by moss
2nd July 2018ce

Devon archaeological dig reveals "exciting" prehistoric finds

Follow up to news story from October.

"A Stone age knife, a Bronze age arrow head and a Roman nail are just some of the surprises uncovered by a new archaeological dig in Devon... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th March 2015ce

Devon treasure hunter locates Bronze Age settlement using Google Earth continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
22nd October 2014ce

Ipplepen Iron Age settlement 'one of most significant' finds

An Iron Age settlement unearthed in Devon has been described as one of the most important finds of its kind.

More Here:
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
17th August 2013ce

William Stukeley: Saviour of Stonehenge exhibition opens in Devon

William Stukeley, Saviour of Stonehenge exhibition, opens tomorrow (9 June) at Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Bideford, North Devon and runs until 6 October.

Details here - and here - continues...
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
8th June 2013ce
Edited 14th June 2013ce

Bronze Age shipwreck found off Devon coast

One of the world's oldest shipwrecks has been discovered off the coast of Devon after lying on the seabed for almost 3,000 years... continues...
moss Posted by moss
14th February 2010ce

Volunteers wanted for dig in Stokenham

"Keen historians are being invited to help a team of Exeter University archaeologists uncover secrets of an ancient Bronze Age and medieval site.Members of the public are invited to the dig to investigate the remains of a medieval building near an old manor house... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st May 2007ce

Wreck divers recover Bronze Age treasures

From This is Devon website, 8 March 2005

A Westcountry diving team has uncovered one of the oldest shipwreck sites in the world... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
8th March 2005ce

TV shows spark 'gardening' crime

BBC Devon

Garden makeover programmes are being blamed for an increase in the theft of ancient artefacts from Dartmoor.

Electronic tags are being used to help protect valuable stone crosses and troughs in the area... continues...
Posted by phil
17th April 2004ce

New Resting Place for Grave

Hot on the heels of this:
comes this: continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
17th March 2004ce
Edited 25th March 2004ce

Ancient Stone Tomb Returns to Dartmoor

Hoorah! A 'good news' story for once!

A 4,000 year old grave discovered in Chagford in 1879 is returning to Dartmoor.

The prehistoric grave will be relocated to the High Moorland Centre in Princetown early next month from Torquay Museum where it has been for 120 years... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
26th February 2004ce
Edited 26th February 2004ce

Ramblers Protest at Tor

Ramblers have held a mass trespass on one of Dartmoor's most popular landmarks to protest over its closure. Vixen Tor at Merrivale (Cornwall, England) was shut to the public when a new landowner bought it earlier last year... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
5th January 2004ce
Edited 6th January 2004ce

Restoration of Historic Site on Dartmoor

Volunteers from Tavistock Conservation Project have been helping to restore the setting of an ancient Scheduled Monument on Dartmoor, almost totally obscured by vegetation... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
17th December 2003ce
Edited 18th December 2003ce

Vixen Tor Owner Charged

The farmer who closed Dartmoor's (England) Vixen Tor to the public has been charged with carrying out land improvements without an environmental impact assessment. Mary Alford, who owns the site at Merrivale, near Tavistock, Devon, will appear before Plymouth Magistrates in the New Year... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
16th December 2003ce
Edited 17th December 2003ce

Farmer builds own burial chamber

A Devon farmer has realised his dream by building a Bronze Age burial chamber on his land. He transported four huge pieces of granite from Dartmoor to his estate near Ivybridge to carry out the construction... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st May 2003ce
Edited 2nd May 2003ce

Bronze Age Ingots Now At Exeter Museum

From the Western Morning News (

"More than 40 rare Bronze Age ingots from Devon have been given to the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter.

The ingots, part of a shipment salvaged in 1991, was handed over by the Receiver of Wreck, Sophia Exelby, at a ceremony yesterday... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
26th July 2002ce


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There is a series of books well worth looking at for the serious antiquarian who is going to visit Dartmoor and look for the many sites there.The books are by Jeremy Butler and are called Dartmoor atlas of Antiquities and come in five volumes.Volumes one to four are the main books dealing with, volume 1, The East. Volume 2 ,The North. Volume 3,The South west and volume 4 The South East.Volume 5 is an over all cover of The Second Millennium B.C. and also contains an index.
All the books contain maps and extensive text along with line drawings and the grid references to all the sites mentioned.
Lubin Posted by Lubin
19th March 2005ce

Any visitors intending to spend more than a day or so on Dartmoor should consider investing in the following publications:

Petit, P. (1974/1995) Prehistoric Dartmoor. Forest Publishing, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0951527460


Crossing, W. (1912/1990) Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor (2e). Peninsula Press, Kingskerswell ISBN 1872640168
RedBrickDream Posted by RedBrickDream
6th August 2004ce


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Wessex Archaeology

The final assesment/results of the Time Team Dig at Tottiford Reservoir.
Meic Posted by Meic
27th February 2012ce
Edited 28th February 2012ce

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Assycombe Hill (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

I went the same way as Meic, his directions are spot on, I counted the number of crossroads, but didn't really have to, it's a long straight track, when it forks take the right track, stones are on the right, unmissable.
The walk was really rather nice, in the forest mostly out of the sun, we saw a couple of young deer. Always a bonus.
I've wanted to come here for a number of years now, it looks a real belter of a stoney site. But it really took me this one did, got under my skin, I wanted to stay.
Eric once more plonked himself down under a small tree at the top of the clearing, seemingly going to sleep, leaving me free reign to linger longer, to get to know the site. It's not a site, it's a beautiful woman, imagine going on a date with Charlize Theron, she's very pretty, but she also likes prehistory, loves star trek, superheroes and she too has no sense of smell, I hope you get those analogies. I went to see a nice stone row but found much more.
At the top of the hill is a lovely little cairn circle with a faint cist at it's center, then tall stones wibble and lean and off down the steep hill go two stone rows. Half way down is a long stoney bump across the row perpendicular to it. At the bottom of the row is a single terminal stone, there was probably two but hey what are you going to do. Have a look at the awesome hut circle just off to the side, that's what, I wonder what it's occupiers thought of the rows, is the house the same age or later, did they use the rows, did they build it, and got buried up the hill. Such a thought provoking place.
Back up at the top, Eric is still crashed out, so I join him for a while and lie down on the big flat stone next to the cairn, a big flat stone? did it once stand? is it a really over sized cist cover? I close my eyes and begin to drift.
Not to sleep but into memories, memories of stones of times past, trips out with my toddling children, they'd have followed me into a volcano if I'd have told them it'll be cool, anything so long as we're together. In the end perhaps that's what keeps me going, trying to recapture those bucolic idyllic days, days with no worries, lying around on the grass and introducing my children to the world. Those memories come with me always, there not as good as real children laughter, or complicated questions with absurd sounding answers. Am I rambling? It's Assycombe's fault. A life with stones and a life with children, two things I'm most glad I've done.
postman Posted by postman
1st July 2018ce

Ringmoor Cairn Circle and Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

I've been a good boy and waited eleven years for my next chance to say hello to Ringmoor, patience is a virtue they say, but having no money is a poor mans excuse for patience.
I'm not going to bother with the kerb circle, TMA doesn't believe it's ancient, so to ensure that I have the time to see everything I want, I am willing to sacrifice the maybe kerb circle, Burl seems to believe in it though. Perhaps I should have gave it a few minutes look.
Like Brisworthy this cairn circle was re-erected in 1909, presumably by Rev H.H Breton of Sheepstor. A good man I'm sure.
Eric has taken his leave and hidden amid the tall grass in the middle of the ring, to hide from the sun and my camera, and to rest his poor little feet. No rest for the wicked though, so off I go down the hill north following the stones of the row. An odd row it is too, sometimes a double row, sometimes single, stones this side and stones that side, I can only assume it's pretty knackered. Like me, I couldn't even make it to the last stone, I should have, but god I was tired.
Back up the hill to the stone circle, I choose a stone and sit leaning against it, "you can come out now if you want Eric"
"Nah, it's cool in here"
Strange lad.
Anyway it is time once more to be moving on, there is one more thing I want to look for whilst were here, stupid map says it's a cairn circle, maybe, we didn't find it, it was a cist anyway, no wonder we couldn't find it.
postman Posted by postman
1st July 2018ce

Brisworthy Stone Circle — Fieldnotes

The first time I came here it all felt a bit complicated to find, we even had to ask someone who was in their front garden for directions. But this time I threw caution to the wind, I drove all the way to the end of the road, by the farm, tucked the car as far out of the way as possible and walked off quietly down the footpath.
I wasn't sure if we were going the right way, there's no Brisworthy stone circle signs pointing the way, I was just following my nose, ha good one Chris.
The footpath leads out onto a rough pasture type field, in the far corner is a path, I doubt it is thee footpath though, either way, from there I could see some grey blobs shimmering in the midday midsummer sun, we made for them, and made them, they were some stones. Terrific.

Eric slumped against the tall oddly shaped stone that has been likened to a leaping Dolphin, whilst I go round inspecting the stones. A little over a century ago only three stones still stood, thank god it was restored, by a Reverand no less, H H Breton, thanks Rev.
Out of all the places we're going today this is the only one I've been to before, as it happens, exactly 11 years ago to the day, I brought my 8yr old daughter last time after an aborted sunrise attempt at Downtor, but this time the weather can only be described as perfect, everything today has been perfect. To add to that perfection, Eric has agreed to go where ever I go, unlike daughter who last time didn't want to go up the hill to the Ringmoor sites, I'll be back one day I said. Eleven fricking years though. We leave Brisworthy for now and tread wearily up the hill.
postman Posted by postman
1st July 2018ce

Assycombe Hill (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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