Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, walking the Stone Rows and Stone Circles of Dartmoor
Dartmoor Site: Hawk's Tor Rock Shelter

Hawk's Tor Rock Shelter

OS Map: SX 55348 62514
OS Source: HER
NMR record: SX 56 SE 80
HER record: 2504
Megalithic Portal: 45856
PMD: Hawk's Tor - Possible Chambered Tomb
Short Name: RS:HawksTor
Grinsell: List A SHAUGH PRIOR 2
DPD page: 56
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: Grinsell
Cairn Class: No
Barrow Report: 60
Notes: Natural feature Hawk's Tor rock shelter - resembles tomb. "At the summit stands a rock shelter, v shaped in plan with a coverstone. Rowe referred to it as a cromlech. R. N. Worth called it a natural grouping of rocks. Mr. Beckerlegge on examining the coverstone, found a similar vein of quartz in the coverstone as in the rocks of the v shaped shelter, but running in a different direction. The coverstone must have been levered or swung in an anti-clockwise direction through an angle of 90 degrees to make a shelter of what was previously an opening between two vertical walls of rock". Might be prehistoric, could be from Roman period or later. Lethbridge p.54-6 Hawk's Tor Cromlech / Rock Shelter - diagram p.55, photo p.56. See also: The Modern Antiquarian. The following is a sketch by R.H Worth.

Nearby sites: SX55356251

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