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Dartmoor Site: Heath Stone Standing Stone

Heath Stone Standing Stone

Heath Stone Standing Stone

Photo taken on 26-06-2011

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Hurston Ridge Double Stone Row
OS Map: SX 67120 83750
OS Source: Constructed
HER record: 6650
Megalithic Portal: 14933
Alternate name: Heath Stone
Short Name: SS Heath Stone
Butler map: 25.
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: PDW
Cairn Class: No
Dimensions (m): Almost 3?
Lidar: SX67128375
Notes: The original Heath Stone was a boundary stone which was referred to in the Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor in 1240 and some very early maps. According to Butler (Vol. 2 Map 25 p.32) the stone carved with a biblical inscription in 1970 that is currently known as the Heath Stone is unlikely to have been the original Heath Stone as it is in a useless position to be of any use as a boundary stone. The stone was not included in maps from the 18th century and then reappeared in a different location. It is doubtful that the current stone is the original or that it is prehistoric. Crossing suggests that the large standing stone in the Hurston Ridge stone row is the actual Heath Stone. See also, Legendary Dartmoor: The Dartmoor Heathstone
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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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