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South western end of the alignment. View from the east (Scale 1m).

South western end of the alignment. View from the east (Scale 1m).

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 59161 66949     Lat 50.48538   Long -3.9866115

Drizzlecombe Plan

Simplified plan of Drizzlecombe stone alignments (Source: Google Earth and Butler, J., 1994, 136). 

Characteristics

Type:  Single and double Length: 149.5m
No. of stones: 86 Size of stones: Small,medium and large.
Orientation: 49° Altitude: 327m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Pillar
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns, stone alignments and prehistoric settlements
Notes:

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.


Photographs

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View from west. The large pillar on the right represents the lower (SW) end of the row.

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The large pillar at the lower (SW) end of the row.

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Stone row leading away from the terminal pillar. View from south west (Scale 1m).

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This row is unusual in that it is partly single and partly double. View from south west.

The south western length of the row consists of a single line of stones. View from north east (Scale 1m).

The lower (SW) length of the row. View from north (Scale 1m).

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The stone size and shape varies considerably but most are medium or small in size. View from south east (Scale 1m).

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Some stones are so small they barely protrude through the surface. View from south east (Scale 1m).

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The central part of the row is composed of two lines of stones. Rows including single and double lines of stones are very rare. View from north east (Scale 1m).

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Looking south west along the row.

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The alignment leads from a cairn at the top to the large pillar at the bottom. View from the north.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 57887 67306. The row is about 1400m ESE of the car park across open moorland.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks     Sea Views

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., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 3 – The South-West, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 135-137.

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