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Shovel Down Stone Circle

Shovel Down Stone Circle

Photo taken on 16-05-2019

Database entries

PDW coverage: Dartmoor Site: Shovel Down Ceremonial Complex
OS Map: SX 65829 86196
OS Source: Garmin
HER: MDV29944
Megalithic Portal: 1259
PMD: Shovel Down Stone Circle
Alternate name: Shovel Down
Short Name: SC Shovel Down
Butler map: 36.6
Turner: G15
DPD page: 139
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: PDW
Cairn Class: No
Dimensions (m): 16
Lidar: SX 65829 86196
Nearest Bus Stop (Minor): Wonson Telephone Box (3.7 km) [Route: 670]
Nearest Bus Stop (Major): Chagford The Square (4.4 km) [Route: 173,178,671]
Nearby sites: SX 65829 86196


"The remains of an alleged stone circle lie on the gentle NE facing slope of Shovel Down 200m SW of Batworthy Corner. Three upright stones, between 0.3m and 0.75m high, are visible. The two close-set NE stones display smaller packing stones in the erosion hollows at their bases. The third stone is partly obscured by the bank of the South Hill Leat (SX 68 SW 97). It is possible that these stones constitute the remains of a stone circle however, no such feature is noted in the antiquarian records so it must remain a doubtful site". In fact a sketch of the Shovel Down rows made by Wilkinson in 1860 marks and illustrates "stones" at the location of the stone circle. For a photo, see Megalithic Portal: Shovel Down NW stone circle. Lethbridge pp.139-145, diagram p.139.


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