Glasscombe Ball, North

Looking north eastward along the row of fallen stones (Scale 1m).

Looking north eastward along the row of fallen stones (Scale 1m).

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 65733 60429     Lat 50.42826283   Long -3.89174859

Glasscombe Ball 2 plan

Simplified plan of the Glasscombe Ball, North stone alignment (Source: Butler, J., 1993, 97).

Characteristics

Type: Single? Length: 84.5m
No. of stones: 24 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 41° Altitude: 360m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns and stone alignment
Notes: Every stone is recumbent.

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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Every single stone within this alignment is recumbent. This implies that the stones have been systematically felled or were poorly erected in the first place. View from the north east (Scale 1m).

wp-glasscombe-ball-n-dscf1704Stones forming a sinuous line leading towards a cairn. It is unclear whether this row was originally of the single or double type. Many stones may be buried beneath the peat. View from south west (Scale 1m).

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The central part of the row. View from the west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 64338 59550. Follow the bridleway heading east to SX 65769 59963 where the track of a disused railway line is encountered. Follow this north to SX 65716 60429. The row is situated close to this point. A visit to this row should be combined with others in the vicinity.


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. 97-98.

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