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Dartmoor

Sites in this group:

Addicombe Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Aish Ridge Stone Row / Alignment
2 posts
Aller Brook Cist
3 posts
Archerton, Newtake Ring Cairn
27 posts
Assycombe Hill Stone Row / Alignment
14 posts
Beardown Man Standing Stone / Menhir
33 posts
Bellever Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
8 posts
Bellever Tor West Cist
3 posts
Biller's Pound Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
13 posts
Birch Tor Cairn(s)
8 posts
Blackslade Down Cist
15 posts
Black Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
11 posts
Black Hill Stone Row / Alignment
10 posts
Black Newtake Cairn circle
5 posts
Black Tor Rocking Stone
10 posts
Black Tor Stone Row / Alignment
7 posts
Blakey Tor Cist
2 posts
Blatchford Bottom 2 Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
18 posts
Bowerman's Nose Natural Rock Feature
22 posts
Brent Tor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Bridestowe Stone Circle Stone Circle
62 posts
Brisworthy Stone Circle Stone Circle
3 posts
Broad Down Cairn Cairn(s)
4 posts
Brockhill Foot West Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Brockhill Ford West Cairn(s)
1 post
Bude Farm Sticklepath Standing Stone / Menhir
22 posts
Burford Down Stone Row / Alignment
8 posts
Burford Down cairn and cist Cairn(s)
24 posts
Butterdon Stone Row / Alignment
20 posts
Butterdon Hill Cairn(s)
6 posts
Butterdon Hill cairn circle Cairn circle
7 posts
Butterdon Hill Chambered Tomb Chambered Tomb
4 posts
Butterdon Hill (north) cairn Round Cairn
2 posts
3 sites
Buttern Hill
6 posts
Butter Brook Ford Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
3 posts
Calveslake Tor Cairn(s)
5 posts
Cantrell Stone Row Stone Row / Alignment
4 posts
Cator Common North Cairn Cairn(s)
3 posts
Chagford Common Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
20 posts
Challacombe Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
7 posts
Childe's Tomb Cist
10 posts
Chittaford Cairn and Cist Cist
11 posts
Chittaford Down Cist
1 post
Coffin Stone Natural Rock Feature
12 posts
Collard Tor Stone Row / Alignment
1 post
Conies Down Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
2 posts
Coombebrook North East Cairn(s)
2 posts
Corndon Tor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
28 posts
Corndon Tor Cairn(s)
1 post
Corn Ridge Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
16 posts
Corringdon Ball Long Barrow Long Barrow
17 posts
Corringdon Ball Stone Row Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
1 post
Cosdon Beacon Cairn(s)
22 posts
Cosdon Hill Stone Row / Alignment
1 post
Cox Tor Cairn(s)
13 posts
Cranbrook Castle Hillfort
3 posts
Crow Tor Cist
12 posts
Cuckoo Ball Chambered Tomb
3 posts
Cuckoo Rock Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
15 posts
Cut Hill Stone Row / Alignment
2 posts
Dendles Waste Cist
8 posts
Devil's Gully Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
8 posts
Dewerstone Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Ditsworthy Cairn Circle Cairn circle
7 posts
Ditsworthy Warren Cist
2 posts
Doe Tor Cist
8 posts
Down Ridge Stone Circle
67 posts
Down Tor Stone Row / Alignment
3 posts
Down Tor South Cist
6 posts
Dunnabridge Pound Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
The Dun Stone Natural Rock Feature
1 post
Eastern White Barrow. Cairn(s)
15 posts
East Bovey Head Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
11 posts
East Hill Hillfort
2 posts
Emmets Post Cairn(s)
10 posts
Enclosure east of Down Tor Enclosure
5 posts
Erme Pound Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
18 posts
Eylesbarrow Cairn(s)
10 posts
Eylesbarrow South West Cist
59 posts
Fernworthy Stone Circle
13 posts
Fernworthy stone row (North) Stone Row / Alignment
8 posts
Fernworthy Stone Row (South) Stone Row / Alignment
9 posts
Foale's Arrishes Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
22 posts
Fordsland Ledge Cairn(s)
2 posts
Fox Tor Mire Cist
13 posts
Giant's Grave (Dartmoor) Long Barrow
5 posts
Glasscombe Ball Cairn(s)
1 post
Glasscombe Ball North Stone Row / Alignment
13 posts
Glasscombe Corner Stone Row / Alignment
4 posts
Glaze Meet Cairn(s)
4 posts
Great Gnat's Head Cairn(s)
2 posts
Great Western Reave Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
70 posts
The Greywethers Stone Circle
14 posts
Grim's Grave Ring Cairn
11 posts
Grims Lake Mire Cist
3 posts
Gripper's Hill Cairn(s)
2 posts
Gutter Tor Natural Rock Feature
6 posts
Gutter Tor cairns Cairn(s)
13 posts
Gutter Tor Cist Cist
3 posts
Gutter Tor settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
6 posts
Hamel Down Cairn(s)
6 posts
Harbourne Head Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Harbourne Head cairns Cairn(s)
17 posts
Harford Moor Cist
2 posts
Harrowthorn Plantation North Cairn(s)
24 posts
Hart Tor Stone Row / Alignment
4 posts
Heap of Sinners Cairn(s)
2 posts
Heath Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
18 posts
Hembury Castle Hillfort
4 posts
Higher Hartor Tor Round Cairn
14 posts
High Willhays Cairn(s)
8 posts
Hillson's House Cairn(s)
3 posts
Hingston Hill North Cist
3 posts
Holne Moor Cist
2 posts
Holne Moor Triple Row Stone Row / Alignment
5 posts
Hook Lake Enclosure
4 posts
Hook Lake Stone Row / Alignment
5 posts
Horseyeatt Stone Row / Alignment
26 posts
Hound Tor Cist
2 posts
Hucken Tor Natural Rock Feature
10 posts
Hunter's Tor Hillfort
2 posts
Huntingdon Warren Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
20 posts
Hurston Ridge Stone Row / Alignment
3 posts
Hurston Ridge Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Ingra Tor Cist
4 posts
Joan Ford's Newtake Cist
7 posts
Kes Tor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
9 posts
King's Barrow Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Kraps Ring Enclosure
55 posts
Lakehead Hill Stone Row / Alignment
5 posts
Langstone Moor Cairn(s)
3 posts
Langstone Moor Enclosure
29 posts
Langstone Moor Stone Circle Stone Circle
13 posts
Langstone Moor Stone Row Stone Row / Alignment
11 posts
Laughter Tor Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
Leather Tor South Cist
2 posts
Leeden Tor South Cist
6 posts
Legis Tor Cist Cist
1 post
Littaford Tor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
8 posts
Little Mis Tor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
6 posts
Longstone Hill Cairn(s)
3 posts
Long Plantation Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
2 posts
Mardle Valley Cairn(s)
1 post
3 sites
Mardon Down
15 posts
Meacombe Burial Chamber Burial Chamber
11 posts
Merrivale Bridge Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
53 posts
Merrivale Stone Circle Stone Circle
9 posts
Metherall Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
30 posts
Nine Stones Cairn(s)
2 posts
Outcombe Cist
7 posts
Oxenham Arms Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Pecked Circle Stone Circle
Peek Hill Cairn(s)
2 posts
Penn Beacon Cairn(s)
10 posts
Piles Hill Cairn(s)
3 posts
Piles Hill Stone Row / Alignment
14 posts
Piles Hill Standing Stone / Menhir
120 posts
The Plague Market At Merrivale Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
10 posts
1 site
Plym Steps Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
17 posts
Prestonbury Castle Hillfort
1 post
Puggie Stone Natural Rock Feature
4 posts
Pupers Hill Cairn(s)
16 posts
Raddick Hill Cairn(s)
4 posts
Ranny Brook Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
5 posts
1 site
Riddon Ridge Round Cairn
Rider's Rings Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
49 posts
Ringmoor Cairn Circle and Stone Row Stone Row / Alignment
3 posts
Ringmoor Down cairns Cairn(s)
4 posts
Ringmoor Down Cist Cist
10 posts
Rippon Tor Cairn(s)
1 post
Roos Tor Northeast Cairn(s)
18 posts
1 site
Roundy Park Cairn(s)
9 posts
Round cairn east of Down Tor Cairn(s)
8 posts
Round Hill Cairn(s)
4 posts
Rowtor Bog Cairns Cairn(s)
3 sites
Royal Hill
5 sites
Saddlesborough
77 posts
Scorhill Stone Circle
12 posts
Shapley Common Platform Cairn
6 posts
Shapley Tor Cairn(s)
12 posts
Sharpitor Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
9 posts
Sharpitor cairns Cairn(s)
7 posts
Sharp Tor Cairn(s)
1 post
Shaugh Moor Stone Row / Alignment
3 posts
Shell Top Cairn(s)
9 posts
Shell Top South West Enclosure
23 posts
Sherberton Stone Circle Stone Circle
3 posts
Shovel Down Stone Circle
54 posts
Shovel Down & The Long Stone Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
3 posts
Sittaford Tor hut circles Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Skir Hill Cairn(s)
7 posts
Snowdon Cairn(s)
2 posts
Sourton Tors Circle Stone Circle
37 posts
Soussons Common Cairn Circle Cairn circle
2 posts
Soussons Down Cairn(s)
1 post
Spanish Lake Cist
51 posts
The Spinsters' Rock Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
8 posts
Spurrell's Cross Stone Row Stone Row / Alignment
10 posts
Stalldown South-East Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
54 posts
1 site
Stalldown Stone Row Stone Row / Alignment
1 post
6 sites
Stall Moor
2 posts
Stannon Newtake Cist
3 posts
Stennen Hill Cist
2 posts
Swincombe Ford Newtake Cairn(s)
3 posts
Ter Hill Cist
13 posts
Thornworthy Down Cist
10 posts
Three Barrows Cairn(s)
4 posts
Tolmen Stone Holed Stone
7 posts
Top Tor Cairn(s)
1 site
Tory Brookhead Cairn(s)
5 sites
Trowlesworthy
1 post
Tunhill Rocks Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
25 posts
Vixen Tor Cist
3 posts
Watchet Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
1 post
1 site
Water Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
3 posts
Weatherdon Hill Cairn(s)
21 posts
Western Beacon Cairn(s)
4 posts
Western White Barrow Cairn(s)
2 posts
West Vitifer Cairn(s)
7 posts
Whitehorse Hill Cist
21 posts
White Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
44 posts
White Moor Stone Circle Stone Circle
7 posts
White Tor East Cist
17 posts
White Tor Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
White Tor Stone Row Stone Row / Alignment
9 posts
Whittenknowles Rocks Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
12 posts
Wigford Down Cairn(s)
2 posts
Wigford Down Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Willings Walls Reave Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
3 posts
Willings Wall Warren Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Wistman's Wood
11 posts
Wittaburrow Cairn(s)
21 posts
Yar Tor Stone Row / Alignment
6 posts
Yar Tor Hut Circle Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
8 posts
Yar Tor summit cairn Cairn(s)
3 posts
Yellowmeade Cist
63 posts
Yellowmead Multiple Stone Circle Stone Circle
5 posts
Yellowmead SE cairn Cairn(s)
28 posts
Yes Tor Cairn(s)
2 posts
Yes Tor Bottom Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Sites of disputed antiquity:
5 posts
Ringmoor Kerbed Cairn Kerbed Cairn
3 posts
Ryder's Hill Cairn(s)
4 posts
St Leonard's Well Sacred Well

News

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First stone circle for over a century is discovered on Dartmoor


THE first stone circle for more than a century has been discovered on Dartmoor.

The set – at least 4,000 years old – is the highest circle in southern England and the second-largest on Dartmoor.

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scubi63 Posted by scubi63
10th May 2015ce
Edited 10th May 2015ce

Brown bears 'roamed Dartmoor'

A fur pelt found in an ancient burial chamber suggests that bears once roamed Dartmoor, it has been claimed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-29067027
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
8th September 2014ce

Megalithomania Dartmoor Tour - Wednesday 16th May


http://www.megalithomania.co.uk/tours.html

Dartmoor Stone Circles and Avenues with author Peter Knight: Wednesday 16th May 2012, 8am - 6pm... continues...
Megalithomania Posted by Megalithomania
4th May 2012ce
Edited 7th May 2012ce

Preservation group up for award


From Western Morning News Feb 26th 2011

Nomination for project to save cairns on moor

A project to improve the condition of prehistoric cairns on Dartmoor has been nominated for a national award... continues...
Mr Hamhead Posted by Mr Hamhead
27th February 2011ce

Festival of British Archaeology Events


Several events on and in the Dartmoor area as part of the continues...
Chance Posted by Chance
5th July 2010ce

Do Dartmoor's ancient stones have link to Stonehenge?


LITTERED across the hills of Dartmoor in Devon, southern England, around 80 rows and circles of stones stand sentinel in the wild landscape. Now, striking similarities between one of these monuments and Stonehenge, 180 kilometres to the east, suggest they may be the work of the same people... continues...
moss Posted by moss
14th April 2010ce
Edited 15th April 2010ce

Ancient settlement found on Dartmoor


When the water levels at a Devon reservoir were lowered it revealed an unexpected prehistoric surprise. A previously unrecorded complex was discovered in the mud at the bottom of Tottiford Reservoir near Hennock on Dartmoor. The complex, which is believed to be 4,000 years old, is made up of stone rows, burial cairns and a stone circle... continues...
Pilgrim Posted by Pilgrim
8th January 2010ce

'Atlantis' is Discovered in Devon


An ancient British inland Atlantis dating back millennia has been discovered on a remote moor.
The remains - including a mini-Stonehenge - were found when an old reservoir was drained in Dartmoor, Devon.

The find includes remains of ancient walled buildings, burial mounds and a stone circle 27m (89ft) across... continues...
moss Posted by moss
22nd October 2009ce

Unearthing bronze-age Dartmoor


The Guardian has gone absolutely mad on archaeology articles this morning........

A dig in Devon reveals how life was lived 3,500 years ago: from cookery to DIY

The nearest proper road is a couple of miles away. The toilet is an energetic yomp down a steep slope and through the conifers... continues...
moss Posted by moss
28th August 2009ce
Edited 28th August 2009ce

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Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks


Excellent website featuring lots of lovely lists to help get one far from the madding crowds upon Dartmoor.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
1st April 2016ce

Dartmoor Preservation Association


Web site for the Dartmoor preservation association who own three areas of land within the Dartmoor National Park, which together include examples of most of Dartmoor's important features, landscapes and habitats.
Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce
Edited 10th July 2010ce

Dartmoor Archive


A cornucopia of photographs dating back 150 years, lots of photos of Ancient sites on Dartmoor taken before modern day destruction/erosion.
wickerman Posted by wickerman
9th February 2010ce
Edited 9th February 2010ce

Dartmoor Archive


Archive photos of Dartmoor.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th November 2006ce

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Scorhill (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Two days prior to the visit of Scorhill in the North East of the Dartmoor National Park we had tried to take friends to see Yellowmead concentric stone circles over on the Western side. We'd spent about an hour sloshing around an area of no more than a quarter of a square mile in driving rain and high winds and failed to locate it, even though we'd been there a couple of years before. So it was a relief to locate this circle so easily in profoundly better conditions. That's what Dartmoor is like!

Having visited numerous stone circles and ancient sites on the moor over the years I have to say this is one of my favourites and also very easy to get to. You don't really see it until the last moment as it's in a slight valley and the stones themselves are not really very tall, the biggest being about two metres, but with the strong sunlight and brooding skyline they appeared to shine invitingly.

Apparently it's never been tampered with in the sense of re-erecting some of the fallen stones, though it's obvious that stone cutters have tried to split some of them in more recent times as they bare small drill holes, so it has an air or pure authenticity.

Well worth a visit!
A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
13th October 2017ce

Scorhill (Stone Circle) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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13th October 2017ce

Cox Tor (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The concluding afternoon of a fortnight's deliberations in the far west country duly arrives... and with it, that curious, emotional juxtaposition of muted acceptance of the party's imminent end with the warm, still glowing embers of time well spent. Such ambiguous, inconclusive moods perhaps should not be conducive to rousing finales, even accepting that sitting around upon hill tops doing, frankly, not a lot, could be considered 'rousing' by most. However, as chance would have it, Cox Tor plays host to just such an event today. For me. Well, it's a personal thing.

The portents are not good when, following a memorable morning at the isolated Ingra Tor my megalithic antennae, fine tuned by a fortnight in the field, duly overload upon arrival at what can only be described as a massive, and furthermore full car park below and to the south of the tor; that is, at the point where the B3357 begins a steep descent toward Tavistock. What is this all about, then? Bemused, I watch punters of all shapes and sizes, seemingly attired for the pleasantries of the beach, disgorge from vehicles to head northwards across the gently undulating hillside toward the unseen summit above and beyond. Subconsciously looking for a reason to opt out, not to join the merry throng, I check the map once more, only to reaffirm that, according to the wondrous OS people anyway, Cox Tor is indeed crowned by several 'Cairns' depicted in that beguiling, 'antiquarian' typeface. Guess it would be rude not to, then.

To call the ascent short and straightforward is pretty much like saying, "come to think of it, the bloke with the moustache and hat in Frankie didn't do a lot, did he?" Consequently it's positively affirming to find that, upon arrival, the summit of Cox Tor is a wild, rock strewn, uncompromisingly brutal place. With extra wind and cold to send my poorly clad fellow punters heading back to their cars in short order. Dartmoor-esque, you might call it. In fact there is so much loose rock surrounding the summit outcrop that, at first, the penny doesn't drop that here we have another fine example of perhaps that most enigmatic of West Country prehistoric monuments... the tor cairn. OK, I know the stone row is Dartmoor's signature feature; but, for me, there is just something SO primeval about (apparently) venerating the living rock itself.

As it is, however, the sight of a fine, round cairn a little way to the immediate north has me hurrying away to take a look and, concurrently, take in the wider views. It is a pretty hefty stone pile, perched upon the northern edge of another, lesser outcrop and with expansive views to all point of the compass save the south, that being reserved, as you would expect, for the ever more intriguing summit. Looking north-east the landscape is vintage Dartmoor, seemingly desolate, featureless moor... but in reality packed with prehistoric treasures, tangible reminders of the people who once called Langstone Moor and its environs 'home': a stone circle, numerous cairns, cists, monoliths... hey, even a hill fort crowning White Tor. Looking west the visitor has no need to attempt to reconcile such apparent ambiguities, a series of patchwork fields leading the eye toward Cornwall and the mysterious, rolling hills of Bodmin Moor. But that's another, wondrous story.

After sitting out a brief, yet violent weather front, I check out another, apparently less well defined cairn a little further to the approx north to find it appears to be a pretty substantial ring cairn - as opposed to robbed round cairn? Perhaps not. An extended walkabout highlights at least one additional small cairn before, gazing across to White Tor and its tor cairns, I - finally - make the connection. Returning to the summit crags, now in brilliant sunshine, the surrounding girdle of shattered rock is obvious, in retrospect. Duh! The summit area is way, way too small to have been a habitable defended enclosure, so I have no doubt that something rather splendidly incomprehensible to my modern thinking - for better or worse - was going on back in the day.

Yeah, clearly Cox Tor was a significant member of the canon of Dartmoor's upland sites back then. What is also certain is that it is the perfect locale to end a fortnight in the west. When something promising so little ends up delivering so much one can only shrug one's shoulders and go with the flow...
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
1st October 2017ce

Merrivale Stone Circle — Images

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