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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)
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
2 posts
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
5 posts
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
7 posts
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
3 posts
27 sites
Maristow Camp Enclosure
7 posts
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
15 posts
Wooston Castle Hillfort
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Devil's Stone Natural Rock Feature


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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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Black Hill (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

Black Hill was never high on my list of 'must visit soon' sites upon Dartmoor. In retrospect.. and with the unforgiving clarity of hindsight... that statement is rather odd, to say the least. But there you are. Seeing is believing, as they say. In fact it was the only the mention of 'stone row' - that genre of monument archetypal of these bleak, windswept uplands - upon the map that, eventually, brought me within striking distance. That old devil called Curiosity did the rest, bless it to bits. Never been much of a fan of the felis catus anyway.

Arguably the easiest approach to the summit plateau is from the minor road traversing Trendlebere Down to the north-east.. hey, from the stone row itself, perhaps? If so, a pair of cairns will be encountered upon the initial spur [detail from Field Investigators Comments F1 NVQ 19-APR-60]:

SX 76277895 - a 'tumulus' which "is a cairn 0.4 m. high, mutilated in the top."

SX 76297898 - "another cairn with a maximum height at the rim of 0.5m with a probable retaining stone in the west. The centre of the cairn has been dug out "

The summit of Black Hill lies some way to the approx south and is crowned by a further trio (count 'em) of substantial cairns:

SX 76157872 - "This is a cairn 0.6 m. high, mutilated by a hollow, 12.0 m. wide and 0.5 m. deep, in the top"

SX 76167862 - "A cairn, badly mutilated, particularly in the north west quadrant. It has an average height of 0.7 m."

SX 76217859 - "with a few retaining stones visible in the circumference"
17th February 2018ce

Eylesbarrow South West (Cist) — Miscellaneous

Hey, I liked it here.... a nice, if somewhat dishevelled monument located some way off the main track for a little privacy to chill out... and with expansive, sweeping views toward Yellowmead and north to Down Tor. According to Pastscape:

"...the stony mound is 5.9m in diameter and about 0.4m high with some kerb slabs and boulders in situ. The apparently off-centre cist measures 1.8m by 0.9m internally and 0.4m deep; one large, leaning slab, probably the displaced coverstone measures 1.1m by 0.8m." [Fletcher M 03-JUL-1999 English Heritage Field Investigation]

And apparently:

"An attempt was made to restore the cist shortly before 1929 ... Stone cutters were responsible (sic) for at least part of the damage as one of the loose slabs bears the marks of the masons' tools.... The structure may be one of those rare burial cairns covering two cists. Around the base of the mound a few stones remain of an outer ring." [Butler, J. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Vol. 3, p. 70 3 Page(s)70]
22nd January 2018ce

Ditsworthy Warren (Cist) — Miscellaneous

This is an excellent cist - although unfortunately without the cap stone - located to the north of, but as far as I can recall without a view of, the great Drizzlecombe Complex.

Now, given that travellers to the latter may well be tempted to push on to Langcombe Brook - and perhaps even the wondrous Grim's Grave? - I'd suggest, for what it's worth, leaving this beauty for a much more leisurely little horseshoe walk also taking in the Eylesbarrow South West cist at SX58696784?

According to Pastscape:

"A well preserved cist with two sidestones and two end stones.... Internally it measures 0.9m by 0.6m and a maximum 0.65m deep. It is oriented north-west/south-east and its top is 0.25m above g.s.l.;there is no trace of a coverstone. A vague stoney spread around the structure, some 4.0m in diameter, may represent vestiges of a cairn." [Fletcher M 13-AUG-1999 English Heritage Field Investigation]
22nd January 2018ce

Corndon Tor (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

Corndon Tor is an elongated north-south ridge rising to a summit at either end, that to the south - the higher at c1,453ft (443m) - crowned by a small granite tor girdled by the probable remains of a large cairn... a 'tor cairn' if you will. According to Pastscape [Newman, P 14-MAR-2008 EH Archaeological Field Investigation]:

"SX 6859 7415 - Stones Piled around the base of the outcrop may be remains of cairn which has been much disturbed...very spread and fragmentary The cairn overlies a reave which runs up to the tor.....Maximum diameter 27.2m."

A little to the north sits a massive round cairn:

"SX 6858 7422 - ...constructed from moorstone with a truncated cone profile and no turf cover. The top of the cairn has suffered some interference and is uneven and hollows have been dug into the south-east side fairly recently. Max height 2m and the cairn has a maximum diameter of 27.5m."

Some distance beyond two further massive round cairns surmount the northern summit. Hey, I defy any Citizen Cairn'd to resist the temptation to wander over to have a closer look. Again, according to Newman:

The eastern of the pair [SX 6867 7476] is "... over 2m high with a flattish top surface which has been badly disturbed by recent building of shelters... A reave, part of the Dartmeet system, touches the cairn tangentially on the west side but is not covered by it."

The western [SX 6857 7472] represents "A mound of loose stone over 2m high in places. Upper surface extensively disturbed and undulating cuased (sic) by interference, including recent shelter building."

So... unfortunately these great cairns appear to have suffered greatly at the hands of idiot criminals creating 'muppet shelters' out of the fabric for no defensible reason - let's face it, we are not exactly miles from the nearest road here - so vandalism it is, plain and simple. However my understanding is that conservation work has been undertaken (following Newman's observations) by the combined talents of the Dartmoor National Park Authority, the Dartmoor Preservation Association and English Heritage. So keep an eye out for the criminal element and send them packing. Well, if you really need to shelter from the elements upon Corndon Tor I'd suggest it's high time you stopped letting mummy dress you.
21st January 2018ce

Yar Tor summit cairn (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

At c1,364ft the summit of Yar Tor is an excellent viewpoint, particularly looking approx south-westward to Dartmeet.... although it has to be said that the vista to the east across the stone row to the massive cairns gracing Corndon Tor is not without interest either.

Furthermore, the summit is crowned by a rather substantial cairn, albeit one that has clearly been rather buggered about with by all and sundry over the years. Damn them to blazes!

According to Pastscape:

"Standing up to 2.0m high this cairn stands on the southern outcrop of Yar Tor and comprises a large irregular stony mound now spread and much altered by recent interference. The cairn has a footprint of over 23m. The central area has been hollowed and re-modelled". [Newman, P 14-MAR-2008 EH Archaeological Field Investigation]
21st January 2018ce

The Plague Market At Merrivale (Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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18th October 2017ce

Merrivale Stone Circle — Images

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18th October 2017ce
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