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Shovel Down Fourfold Cairn Circle

Shovel Down Fourfold Cairn Circle

Photo taken on 26-06-2011

Shovel Down Fourfold Cairn Circle

Plan by RHW. Barrow Report 56. TDA Vol.69 1937

Database entries

PDW coverage: Dartmoor Site: Shovel Down Ceremonial Complex
OS Map: SX 65958 86025
OS Source: Google
HER: MDV6158
Megalithic Portal: 3464
PMD: Fourfold Circle
Alternate name: Fourfold Circle
Short Name: CC Shovel4Fold
Butler map: 36.7
Grinsell: GIDLEIGH 3
Turner: G31
DPD page: 143
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: Butler
Cist Class: Maybe
Cairn Class: Yes
Barrow Report: 56
Dimensions (m): c.9.0
Lidar: SX 65958 86025
Nearest Bus Stop (Minor): Wonson Telephone Box (3.8 km) [Route: 670]
Nearest Bus Stop (Major): Chagford The Square (4.4 km) [Route: 173,178,671]
Nearby sites: SX 65958 86025


"Fourfold Circle a sub-circular configuration of four apparently concentric stone rings. The outer ring has a diameter of 9m, the others have diameters of 6.4m, 4.7m and 2.4m respectively. The monument comprises 29 visible stones. Most are approximately 0.3m in height although they vary from 0.1-0.55m. The middle two rings define the bottom and top of the scarp of a small earthern cairn apparently an integral part of the monument. It is most pronounced on the E (downslope side). In the centre is a roughly sub-circular pit measuring 1.3m by 0.7m and 0.45m deep; it is probably the remains of a badly robbed cist. On the N side are two large fallen stones. When upright they may have served as a focal point for the end of the stone row " Lethbridge 139-145, diagram p.139.


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