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Rowtor Bog Cairns



There are theee cairns in close proximity on the west side of Chittaford Down.The two shown in the photographs are the southern pair,the other one being to the north of a nearby newtake wall.They are around 8 metres in diameter and were both excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in the 1890's.Both contained wood charcoal and the eastern one some burnt bone.The third cairn was found to contain a central kist.They can be reached by walking from Postbridge up the Drift Lane to the Archerton newtake then following the wall west until it turns south west.From here follow it until it turns 90 degrees where you will see another wall which leaves the newtake at 90 degrees to the south west,this is opproximately 100 metres from the corner.This is the wall to follow ,it will take you to the cairns just over a kilometer away.Care should be taken as you near the cairns as when you come down hill along the wall there is a very wet area where the Cherry Brook needs to be crossed.As the name implies it is boggy. Lubin Posted by Lubin
21st February 2005ce
Edited 21st February 2005ce

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