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Prehistoric sites within 2km of SX54706496

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About the database listings: In all listings clicking on the photo or the site name will open a page for the site with a larger photo and further details from the database. The database now has over 6680 records covering nearly all publicly listed sites on Dartmoor including around 4800 round houses. This level of detail is of interest to archaeologists but tends to swamp listings of sites more likely to be of interest for walkers. For this reason, the listings default to around 550 core sites only. These are the stone circles, stone rows and the ring cairns listed by Turner. The default search radius is 2 km. The controls below the map can be used to start a new search by entering a 6- or 8-digit reference (without the prefix "SX"). The search radius can be specified and you can add incremental Display layers of detail on top of the core sites. If using a more detailed layer you will need to decrease the search radius to avoid getting hundreds of search results.

These listings have incorporated, matched up and merged all of the records from all of the major archaeological listings including: Worth, Grinsell, Turner, Butler, Bill Radcliffe, Sandy Gerrard, Megalithic Portal, the National Monument Records and the Historic Environment Records. The author would like to thank Bill, Sandy, the lovely people both at Megalithic Portal (especially Anne Tate who did an amazing job to link listings) and at ACE Archaeology for collaborative work over the years to synchronise and correct listings across the various websites which now interlink. A culmination of years of work the final merger of cairn records took 3 months of cross referencing in 2017 the result being a snapshot of the records at that time. This data has in turn been refined since by field work and research. The round house data was supplied by Sandy Gerrard. Grid references are in order of accuracy: from Google Earth satellite, if visible and found, from a Garmin GPS reading, if visited by the author and from the literature otherwise. Individual site pages will state the source of the grid reference and provide satellite imagery. If a site listing lacks a photo it has not yet been visited by the author in which case the grid reference is from the literature.

Currently the database only includes sites which can be represented by a grid reference. Reaves are not included as they require GIS shape technology which is beyond the current capability of this system. To see the sources for the records, look at the tables on the resources menu. The database listings can also be viewed on a Google map and downloaded as GPS datasets for Garmin devices.

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List of sites within 2km of SX54706496

Brisworthy Stone Circle

Brisworthy Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Brisworthy Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 56467 65495
NMR record: SX 56 NE 64
HER record: 3983
Megalithic Portal: 542
PMD: Brisworthy Stone Circle
ShortName: SC:Brisworthy
DPD page: 35
Turner: G8
Barrow Report: 29 35
Notes: The Brisworthy circle underwent major reconstruction carried out by Breton and the Barrow Committee in 1909. At the time only 4 stones remained standing whilst another 21 were lying roughly in place. Some 15 stones out of 40 are missing, no doubt robbed for nearby enclosures and walls. A low rubble bank surrounds the circle which can be seen on LIDAR data. This is discussed in detail in the article 'Dartmoor Site: Brisworthy Stone Circle' linked above in this listing.
See also: Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor's Brisworthy Circle. Lethbridge p.34-35. Diagram p.34 site 1.
Nearby sites: SX56476550
Distance: 1.85km

Brisworthy Cup Stone

OS Map: SX 55980 65160
NMR record: SX 56 NE 203
HER record: 18859
Megalithic Portal: 45854
ShortName: CS:Brisworthy
DPD page: 34
Notes: Described by Worth as a mortar stone. "A large undressed block of granite built into a hedge has been identified as a cup-marked rock. There are 15 discrete cup-marks ranging from 80mm to 40mm in diameter and 25-5mm deep. These other shallow depressions may also be cup-marks". "Down a muddy lane at Brisworthy Hamlets". Lethbridge photo and diagram p.34.
Nearby sites: SX55986516
Distance: 1.3km

Dewerstone Fort

OS Map: SX 53800 63900
NMR record: SX 56 SW 14
HER record: 2381
Megalithic Portal: 29453
ShortName: FT:Dewerstone
Notes: Dewerstone hill pound is on the summit of the ridge separating the valleys of the plym and the meavy at their junction. The pound wall is incomplete. It ties in on the w side with the rock exposure of the summit. It is rectangular with rounded angles. Mean elevation of ground approx.216m od, sloping slightly e and w. There is one hut circle. Two ruined parallel walls cross the neck of the ridge 137m n of the pound. There is a 2.75m space between the walls which are about 1.55m thick. There is a confused mass of ruined buildings within the walls.
Nearby sites: SX53806390
Distance: 1.39km

Dewerstone Neolithic Enclosure

OS Map: SX 53800 63900
NMR record: SX 56 SW 14
HER record: 2380
Megalithic Portal: 29453
ShortName: NE:Dewerstone
Butler map: 48.1
Notes: A poorly preserved stone-built double walled enclosure, the outer of which is thought to represent the site of a Neolithic hilltop enclosure. "The outer enclosure is potentially Neolithic, while the inner is probably of Bronze Age date. The stone-built double wall of the outer enclosure is poorly preserved with an average height of 0.7m, and given its loose composition is unlikely to have stood higher than 1.5m. The inner and outer walls now have average widths of 4.0m and 3.4m respectively. Five probable or possible entrances through the double wall were identified; the existence of so many may support the hypothesis that the enclosure is of Neolithic date."
Nearby sites: SX53806390
Distance: 1.39km

Dewerstone Hill Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 53830 63930
NMR record: SX 56 SW 32
HER record: 63617
Megalithic Portal: 29453
ShortName: ES:Dewerstone
Notes: "stone hut circle forming part of an enclosed settlement on the summit of dewerstone hill "
Nearby sites: SX53836393
Distance: 1.35km

Knowle Wood Fort

OS Map: SX 53310 64070
NMR: No record found
HER record: 125834
ShortName: FT:Knowle Wood
Notes: "A possible bank or scarp is identifiable as an earthwork on visualisations derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017, forming a near-complete circuit around the summit of the hill under Knowle Wood, Bickleigh. The earthworks are tentatively interpreted as evidence of a tor enclosure of Neolithic date or a hillfort or of Iron Age origin.
The earthwork varies in width from circa 4 to 6m wide and is visible traversing the north-west, south-west and south-east sides of the hill for circa 330m, enclosing an area of just over 1ha.
The bank or scarp closely follows the 140m contour on the north-west side of the hill. To the south-west it crests the hill dropping to the 135m contour, before turning to the north-east and dropping further to an elevation of circa 125m.
A length of bank or scarp circa 40m long is visible on the north-east side of the hill, again closely following the 140m contour.
A possible entrance is identifiable on the western side of the enclosure, a second outer bank potentially forming an annexe or elaborated facade flanking the entrance.
L-shaped banks or scarps are identifiable within the enclosed area, possibly defining an inner compound or enclosure, possibly enclosing two circular hollows circa 5 and 8m across, centred on circa SX53306407 and SX53356407. These may be the remains of hut circles contemporary with the enclosure or simply the remains of charcoal burning platforms.
Probable charcoal burning platforms are identifiable on the north-west side of the enclosure but are outside the survey area and have not been transcribed or recorded.
Earthwork survey is recommended to further clarify the character of the earthworks". For more information See Phil Newman's report: Knowle Wood, Bickleigh, Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Nearby sites: SX53316407
Distance: 1.65km

Legis Lake Encircled Cairn

Legis Lake Encircled Cairn

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Ringmoor Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 56563 65513
NMR record: SX 56 NE 63
HER record: 3360
Megalithic Portal: 34135
Alternate name: Ringmoor Down 1 Encircled Cairn
ShortName: EC:Legis Lake
Butler map: 49.21.1
Grinsell: SHE 21
Turner: F15
Barrow Report: 29 35
Notes: "cairn with retaining circle of which 5 stones protrude and there are indications of others. Diameter 8.2m, height 0.2m. Excavated by r. H. Worth: just n of centre, a pit containing charcoal mixed with earth."
Nearby sites: SX56566551
Distance: 1.94km

Ringmoor Down Cairn Circle

Ringmoor Down Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Ringmoor Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 56157 65947
NMR record: SX 56 NE 61
HER record: 4029
Megalithic Portal: 22947
Alternate name: Ringmoor Down 3 Cairn Circle
ShortName: CC:Ringmoor 3
Butler map: 49.21.3
DPD page: 36
Grinsell: SHE 18
Turner: G29
Barrow Report: 63
Notes: Located about 230m NW of the cairn circle that terminates the Ringmoor Down stone row. "An 11ft 2ins diameter cairn circle composed of fourteen stones of which four have fallen over. Stones of quartz-schorl, not granite." "This feature has the semblance of having been recently created. The stones are mostly loose and irregularly spaced. As a monument type it appears to be unique on Dartmoor. It should not be considered of great antiquity." For a photo, see: Stone-Circles.org.uk: Ringmoor Cairn. Lethbridge kerb circle p.34-36. Diagram 34 site 4.
Nearby sites: SX56166595
Distance: 1.76km

Ringmoor Down Stone Row

Ringmoor Down Stone Row

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Ringmoor Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 56330 65808
NMR record: SX 56 NE 60
HER record: 3986
Megalithic Portal: 2102
The Stone Rows of GB: Ringmoor Down
PMD: Ringmoor Down Stone Row
ShortName: SR:Ringmoor
Butler map: 49.20
DPD page: 34
Notes: "A stone row, 1740 feet long, mainly single but double in parts. At its southern end is a cairn circle with a diameter of 40ft. 6ins. In 1909 the circle was restored and five of the present stones were introduced from elsewhere. Prior to restoration one stone was standing, four had fallen and the presumed sites of six other stones were represented by pits. A 4ft long fallen stone terminated the stone row at its northern end". Lethbridge p.34-36, diagram p.34 site 3. See also: Sea Views at Ringmoor Down`
Nearby sites: SX56336581
Distance: 1.84km

Ringmoor Down Encircled Cairn

Ringmoor Down Encircled Cairn

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Ringmoor Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 56334 65807
NMR record: SX 56 NE 60
HER record: 3987
Megalithic Portal: 1233
PMD: Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Alternate name: Ringmoor Down stone row Encircled Cairn
ShortName: EC:Ringmoor S
Butler map: 49.20
DPD page: 35
Grinsell: SHE 19
Turner: F5
Notes: "The cairn circle measures approximately 12.6m. in diameter and has eleven stones averaging 0.7m. high. The disturbed central cairn is 9.5m. in diameter and 0.4m. in height." "1909 the circle was restored and five of the present stones were introduced from elsewhere. Prior to restoration one stone was standing, four had fallen and the presumed sites of six other stones were represented by pits." Lethbridge Brisworthy cairn circle p.34-35. Diagram p. 34 site 2.
Nearby sites: SX56336581
Distance: 1.84km

Ringmore Down Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Ringmoor Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 56102 65907
NMR record: SX 56 NE 161
HER record: 19760
Megalithic Portal: 34142
Alternate name: Ringmoor Down 4 Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: CC:Ringmoor N
Butler map: 49.21.4
Turner: A2
Notes: Low embanked circle with no ditch, 36.0 metres diameter overall. A few upright stones still remain in the bank.
Nearby sites: SX56106591
Distance: 1.69km

Shadyback Tor Settlement

OS Map: SX 56600 65000
NMR record: SX 56 SE 22
HER record: 56780
Megalithic Portal: 34063
ShortName: ST:Shadyback
Nearby sites: SX56606500
Distance: 1.9km

Shaugh Cross Platform Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 55320 63460
NMR record: SX 56 SE 48
HER record: 2524
Megalithic Portal: 17513
Alternate name: Saddlesborough reave Platform Cairn Circle
ShortName: PC:ShaughCross
Butler map: 48.5
Grinsell: SHA 40
Turner: E2
Notes: A barrow lies 109.7m west from the retaining circle (sx56se/24) of the stone row on shaugh moor. There is a kerb of stones visible and a wider spread of material up to 12.19m (worth). Barrow diam 12.19m, height 1.524m.
Nearby sites: SX55326346
Distance: 1.62km

Shaugh Moor Platform Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 55480 63470
NMR record: SX 56 SE 148
HER record: 2572
Megalithic Portal: 52699
Alternate name: Saddlesborough N.W. Platform Cairn Circle
ShortName: PC:Shaugh Moor
Butler map: 48.5
Grinsell: SHA 41b
Turner: E3
Notes: Ring cairn or traces of cairn with retaining circle, found by plymouth archaeological group 1959. Diameter 11.5m, height 0.3m. No.416. Vis=-/7/1959 (ancient monuments). Cairn, height 2ft, diameter 30ft, east of and close to stone row. Distinct stone kerb with low flat mound within.
Nearby sites: SX55486347
Distance: 1.68km

Shaugh Moor Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 55670 63430
NMR record: SX 56 SE 91
HER record: 12778
Megalithic Portal: 17512
ShortName: ES:Shaugh Moor
Notes: Enclosure G; one of seven enclosures with associated hut circles in the area. It is a square enclosure with three associated hut circles and another few lying in close proximity. The enclosure walls remains reasonably intact. Other details: Butler Vol 3 Map 48, 3.
Nearby sites: SX55676343
Distance: 1.81km

Shaugh Moor Stone Row

OS Map: SX 55422 63435
NMR record: SX 56 SE 45
HER record: 2434
Megalithic Portal: 2121
The Stone Rows of GB: Shaugh Moor
PMD: Shaugh Moor Stone Row
Alternate name: Shaugh Moor row Stone Row
ShortName: SR:ShaughMoor
Butler map: 48.5
DPD page: 55
Notes: "A single stone row 587 feet long, the spacing of the stones varies between 3 feet and 5 feet, centre to centre. At the Southwest end there is a retaining circle 50 feet in diameter. The stones of the row are very small and sunk into the peat, making them hard to find. A stone row 164m long aligned SW-NE over the brow and down the south side of the valley. The terminals are not intervisible. It is composed of small stones, normally between 35 and 10cm high, the tallest (65cms) being at the apparent northern terminal. Where the stones have been removed their original positions can be identified from depressions in the turf". Lethbridge p.54-55, diagram p.55. See also: Sea Views at Shaugh Moor
Nearby sites: SX55426344
Distance: 1.68km

Shaugh Moor (N) Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 55410 63490
NMR record: SX 56 SE 135
HER record: 29996
Megalithic Portal: 3458
ShortName: CC:ShaughMoorN
Turner: G18
Notes: "Whether the stones represent the remnants of a stone circle, a cairn circle, or even a hut is debateable". "The remains of a circle of stones lie on a north-west facing hill slope at 256m above OD on unenclosed moorland. It survives as a partial ring of five boulder and stones with an off-centre earthfast boulder; the overall diameter was approximately 10.0m to 10.6m across. The largest of the two slabs which remain upright is 0.8m high, 1.7m wide and 0.3m thick."
Nearby sites: SX55416349
Distance: 1.63km

Shaugh Moor (S) Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 55418 63425
NMR record: SX 56 SE 45
HER record: 49564
Megalithic Portal: 52567
PMD: Shaugh Moor Stone Row
Alternate name: Shaugh Moor stone row Cairn Circle
ShortName: CC:ShaughMoorS
Butler map: 48.5
DPD page: 55
Grinsell: SHA 41
Turner: G17
Notes: Cairn circle at the southern end of the Shaugh Moor stone row. "An egg-shaped ring of stone uprights". "Only an arc of four clearly identifiable stones survive in the circle; they are a maximum 0.3m high and suggest an approximate circle diameter of 15.0m. There are a number of buried and semi-buried stones traceable but their relationship to the circle is unclear". Lethbridge p.54-55, diagram p.55
Nearby sites: SX55426343
Distance: 1.69km

Wigford Down Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 54690 65050
NMR: No record found
HER record: 48904
Megalithic Portal: 3536
Alternate name: Wigford Down 9 Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:WigfordDown
Butler map: 48.1.9
Grinsell: MEA 3a
Turner: A31
Notes: "Ring cairn, wigford down. Internal diam 2.7m, with bank 1m wide and 0.2m high. Smallest ring cairn (diam) on dartmoor. Turner suggests a link between the construction of this, small, ring cairn, with the larger cairn sx56nw/11 to its nw."
Nearby sites: SX54696505
Distance: 0.09km

Wigford Down Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

OS Map: SX 54419 64427
NMR record: SX 56 SW 10
HER record: 2373
Megalithic Portal: 3536
PMD: Wigford Down S.
Alternate name: Wigford Down 1 Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
ShortName: CT:WigfordDown
Butler map: 48.1.1
DPD page: 33
Grinsell: MEA 7
Turner: E6
Barrow Report: 12 19
Notes: "A badly disturbed prehistoric cist with displaced cover stone and vestiges of a retaining circle surviving in situ. Only five slabs of the retaining circle survive approximately upright in situ, suggesting the overall diameter of the complete circle was 8.35m. The long slabs of the central cist are also in situ and the chamber measures 1.1m by 0.28m approximately by 0.3m deep. A large, flat, intact cover stone of 1.4m by 1.17m, with a rounded end, is displaced to the south. Some material from the turf covered cairn is still visible, but much disturbed and depleted." Butler Wigford Down 1 - Vol. 3. Map 48.1 (diagram p.80).
Nearby sites: SX54426443
Distance: 0.6km

Wigford Down Cairn Circle

Wigford Down Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 54172 65243
NMR record: SX 56 NW 16
HER record: 2300
ShortName: CN:Wigford d1
Grinsell: MEA 2a
Notes: Retaining circle on nw slope of wigford down a little way to north of a green track which leads from the salient point of the enclosure wall between Urgles and Higher Bellever to the high road near durance.183m away lies a pound with two hut circles associated. Southern circumference of circle has been robbed and stones of cairn removed. The stones of the circle are small, only one exceeding 1.22m
Nearby sites: SX54176524
Distance: 0.6km

Wigford Down Embanked Cairn Circle

Wigford Down Embanked Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 54693 64969
NMR record: SX 56 SW 6
HER record: 2368
Megalithic Portal: 3536
Alternate name: Wigford Down 4 Embanked Cairn Circle
ShortName: CC:WigfordDown
Butler map: 48.1.4
Grinsell: MEA 7a
Turner: A39
Barrow Report: 12 62
Notes: NMR B. "Stone ring, diam 10.5m, with bank 2.5m wide and 0.5m high.3m wide entrance on s side" See Butler Vol 3 p.97 fig. 48.1.2. Wigford Down 3 in Barrow Report 62.
Nearby sites: SX54696497
Distance: 0.01km

Wigford Down (S) Stone Ring Cairn Circle

Wigford Down (S) Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 54702 64962
NMR record: SX 56 SW 6
HER record: 2367
Megalithic Portal: 3536
PMD: Wigford Down Summit
Alternate name: Wigford Down 5 Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Wigford S
Butler map: 48.1.5
Grinsell: MEA 7b
Turner: B9
Barrow Report: 62
Notes: "One of two cairn circles, both in a raised platform. Ring of large stones. Cist cover in centre. Diam 7.62m.". This site could also be a hut circle - it is unclear whether the large slab is a cist cover or not. See Butler Vol 3 p.97 fig. 48.1.2 Wigford Down 4 in Barrow Report 62. NMR A.
Nearby sites: SX54706496
Distance: 0km

Wigford Down 2 Cairn

Wigford Down 2 Cairn

OS Map: SX 54675 65110
NMR record: SX 56 NW 21
HER record: 2312
ShortName: CN:Wigford D8
Butler map: 48.1.2
Grinsell: MEA 2
Barrow Report: 62
Notes: The remains of a disturbed prehistoric cairn. It was re-used as an observation post during World War Two. Wigford Down 1 in Barrow Report 62.
Nearby sites: SX54686511
Distance: 0.15km

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