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Prehistoric sites within 2km of SX55856204

Guidance for walkers: The monuments featured in this database are archaeological treasures and need to be protected and preserved - please do not disturb any sites. Please check access and firing times before visiting sites, not all sites listed are on open access land. Firing ranges and boundaries of open access areas are marked on the OL28 OS Dartmoor Explorer map. Please stick to the country code and consider giving support to the numerous agencies that help to keep Dartmoor a fabulous natural and historic environment!

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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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NOTE: Clicking on the icons for each monument in the map will give the name of the site. You can zoom in and out and drag the map around.

List of sites within 2km of SX55856204

Collard Tor Encircled Cairn

OS Map: SX 55840 62030
NMR record: SX 56 SE 53
HER record: 14793
Megalithic Portal: 794
PMD: Collard Tor
Alternate name: Collard Tor stone row 1 Encircled Cairn
ShortName: EC:Collard Tor
Butler map: 48.6.1
DPD page: 57
Grinsell: SHA 46
Turner: F17
Barrow Report: 22
Notes: Cairn heading the easterly of the two Collard Tor rows. "The easterly cairn at SX 55846203 measures 8.1m. in diameter and 0.6m. high. The centre has been excavated, but apart from a large prone slab there is nothing to suggest a former cist. The mound is surrounded by a peristalith of boulders each of which is 0.9m. high and roughly 0.5m square. The row is similar to the other row and can be traced for 79.6m."
Nearby sites: SX55846203
Distance: 0.01km

Collard Tor E. Stone Row

OS Map: SX 55849 62035
NMR record: SX 56 SE 53
HER record: 14792
Megalithic Portal: 1842
The Stone Rows of GB: Collard Tor East
PMD: Collard Tor E Stone Row
Alternate name: Collard Tor E Stone Row
ShortName: SR:CollardTo E
Butler map: 48.6.2
DPD page: 57
Notes: Butler Collard Tor 1. "Two stone rows each headed by a cairn lie on a gentle clitter-covered south-facing hillslope between 239m and 259m above OD. The rows which are oriented approximately north-south, diverge from their northern ends and are from 17m to 19 apart; a field bank interrupts the course of the east row. The precise lengths of the rows are difficult to determine partly because they appear to have been slighted and partly because of the presence of clitter and earthfast stones which hamper identification of the individual stones. The deduced lengths of these rows (excluding the cairns) are 75.4m and up to 97.2m respectively however because of the disturbed nature of each row these measurements are by no means certain. A count of the upright and clearly definable stones revealed 10 in the west row and 13 in the east row , but these figures provide a totally misleading picture of the somewhat jumbled and chaotic distribution of moorstones in each alignment. The heights of the uprights range from 0.3m to 0.9m with one very large damaged stone 1.3m high. Both cairns have been badly disturbed: the western mound is 8m across and 0.6m high and the eastern mound is 8.5 m across and 0.6m high". Lethbridge pp.55-7, diagram p.55.
Nearby sites: SX55856204
Distance: 0km

Collard Tor W. Stone Row

OS Map: SX 55833 62045
NMR record: SX 56 SE 53
HER record: 2583
Megalithic Portal: 1843
The Stone Rows of GB: Collard Tor West
PMD: Collard Tor W Stone Row
Alternate name: Collard Tor W Stone Row
ShortName: SR:CollardTo W
Butler map: 48.6.1
DPD page: 57
Notes: Butler Collard Tor 2. Described in entry for Collard Tor E. Lethbridge pp.55-7, diagram p.55.
Nearby sites: SX55836205
Distance: 0.02km

Saddlesborough Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 55870 63210
NMR record: SX 56 SE 54
HER record: 2433
Megalithic Portal: 45840
Alternate name: Saddlesborough Summit Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Saddlesboro
Butler map: 48.3
Turner: A45
Notes: "Stone ring with an annular bank. The interior is part infilled with small stones and boulders to 0.3 meters or less below the bank top. This cairn measures 15.5 meters in diameter, with a bank 1.3 meters wide and 0.4 meters high. The interior has been dug into. Situated on a level summit."
Nearby sites: SX55876321
Distance: 1.17km

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: 1.52km

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: 1.48km

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: 1.4km

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: 1.46km

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: 1.52km

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: 1.45km

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