Corringdon Ball, South

Rows leading from cairn. View from north east.

A multiple stone row measuring 178m long, including at least 247 mainly small-sized together with some medium-sized stones arranged in at least 7 separate lines and situated on a south facing slope. The row is orientated north east to south west and there is a kerbed cairn at the lower north eastern end. This row is of a rare multiple row type, consisting as it does of parallel lines of stones rather than the usual fan-shaped arrangement. The row stands next to another stone row and several cairns.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 66684 61205     Lat 50.435511   Long -3.8785936

Map showing the location of Corringdon Ball, South stone row.

Simplified plan of the Corringdon Ball stone alignments. Corringdon Ball South shown in black (Source: Butler, J., 1993).

Characteristics

Type: Multiple Length: 178m
No. of stones: 247 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 53° Altitude: 310m
Upper end: – Lower end: Cairn
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignment, cairns and chambered cairn
Notes:  At least 7 separate rows. The only other multiple row consisting of parallel lines of stones is at Battle Moss, Loch of Yarrows in Caithness.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Typology

This stone row is of Type M10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

9th June 2013

Kerb of the cairn at the eastern end of the alignment. The mound on the sky line is Corringdon Ball chambered long cairn. View from west (Scale 1m).

Most visually impressive part of the alignment. View from the north (Scale 1m).

Most of the row consists of tiny stones barely protruding through the surface. View from south (1m).

Looking west along the rows with the kerbed cairn in the foreground and a cairn on Piles Hill on the skyline (Scale 1m).

10th September 2019

Stones protruding through the turf forming part of this unusual multiple stone row. View from west.

Looking north east along the row.

Stone forming part of this multiple stone row. View from south west (Scale 1m).

View from the east of stones forming part of this multiple stone row.

The north eastern part of the row with the kerbed cairn beyond.

One of the best preserved parts of the multiple row. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Looking across the multiple row at SX 66649 61206. View from north (Scale 1m). To the west of this point the sea is visible but from here it is hidden behind the near hill.  This is another example of a stone row built across the limit of visibility to the sea.

From the north eastern end of the row the sea is no longer visible and is replaced by a land triangle.  

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 68060 62906. Walk south along the public highway to SX 67931 62316. From here follow the footpath up the hill onto the open moorland.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 215.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 4 – The South-East, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 91-93.


Timeline

VISITED:- 9th June 2013 and 10th September 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 5th February 2020

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