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Dartmoor Site: Shoveldown D-G-H-J Stone Row

Shoveldown D-G-H-J Stone Row

Shoveldown D-G-H-J Stone Row

Photo taken on 16-05-2019

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Shovel Down Ceremonial Complex
OS Map: SX 66049 85707
OS Source: SRGB
HER record: 6181
Megalithic Portal: 2128
The Stone Rows of GB: Shoveldown 1
PMD: Shovel Down H-K Stone Row
Alternate name: Shoveldown 1
Short Name: SR Shovel DGHJ
Butler map: 36.7.1
DPD page: 139
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: PDW
Cairn Class: No
Dimensions (m): 540
Lidar: SX66058571
Notes: Worth Row H, Butler Row 1. This row is considered to be one long partially robbed row - previously listed as four separate rows:-

"D: SX 66028583 to SX 66048568. A single row (47 stones visible July '78) 149.0m long, with no terminal features; it curves slightly to the south west Worth (2) extends it as a reave for a further 50.0m to the north but this extension is straight, on a different alignment, and almost certainly a separate row (see G)."

"G: SX 66008591 to SX 66028585. A single row (25 stones visible July '78), 60.0m long; two gaps (? stone robbing) of 6.0m & 8.0m occur towards the north end. The north penultimate stone (now recumbent) is of much larger slab-like proportions and may have originally served as a blocking-stone."

"H: SX 65998599 to SX 65998595. A single row (24 stones visible July '78), 51.0m long with three gaps of from 5.0m to 8.0m recorded by Pettit (3), but not Worth (2)."

"J: SX 65978625 to SX 65988603. A single row (46 stones visible July '78), 228.0m long, there are no special terminal features. Many gaps of from 3.0m to 47.0m occur throughout the entire length of the row. The southern end has probably been overlain by a later reave (SX 68 NE 63). The northern end most probably extended further northward, and it would appear to have been destroyed by a mining 'rake' of circa 19th century date, and stone robbing? for the nearby Batworthy enclosure walls."

Lethbridge 139-145, diagram p.139.
The photo is taken at SX 66034 85844.
Nearby sites: SX66058571

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These are selected references with an emphasis on out of copyright sources linked as PDFs. For more detailed references try any linked HER record. For some records there are very good resources on the Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor (PMD) website by Bill Radcliffe. Barrow reports are linked above as are references to Butler, Grinsell and Turner.

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