Hameldown

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Two stones forming part of the Hameldown stone row. View from east.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 7148 8010     Lat 50.60640366   Long -3.81759431

 

Simplified plan of the Hameldown stone row. Historic field boundaries are also shown. Stones plotted by GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard and field boundaries from Google Earth.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 217m
No. of stones: 6 Size of stones:  Medium
Orientation: 75° Altitude: 420m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: Much of this row is situated within an historic field system. This has resulted in considerable damage, but it is perhaps more surprising that any of it has survived at all.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Probable. The position of the stones within an intensively used historic field system might cast some doubt on the interpretation of this line of stones as a prehistoric stone row. However the presence of the cairn at the top combined with no realistic alternative explanation makes it probable that this row is of prehistoric origin.


Individual Stone Details

Simplified plan of the Hameldown stone row. The red circle denotes the position of a hollow which was probably formed when a stone was removed.

Stone 1

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Standing stone measuring 0.55m long by 0.30m wide and 0.60m high. Incorporated into a later historic field boundary. View from north west (Scale 1m).

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View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 2

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Standing stone measuring 0.40m long by 0.25 wide and 57m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 3

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Stone 3 in the foreground and stone 2 in the background. 0.65m long by 0.27m wide and 52m high. View from east (Scale 1m).

Site of Stone 4

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0.80m long by 0.50m wide and  0.15 deep hollow denoting the position of a robbed stone. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 5

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Recumbent stone measuring 0.95m long by 0.40m wide and 0.25m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 6

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Recumbent stone measuring 0.67m long by 0.38m wide and 0.28m high. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 7

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Standing stone measuring 0.68m long by 0.28m wide and 0.70m high. View from north east (Scale 1m).  

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View from the south (Scale 1m). This stone is set at right angles to the alignment of the row and may therefore represent the terminal stone.

Other Photographs

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Stones 2 and 3. View from the west.

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Cairn at the top of the row. The cairn has been truncated by a field boundary ditch. View from the west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 72089 80196. Please ensure that the gate onto the moor is not blocked. From the car parking area take the path leading westward. Do not follow the path leading beside the forestry on your right. This row is best visited during the winter months because it is obscured by bracken in the summer.


Acknowledgements

Gordon Fisher and Janet Daynes provided considerable help with the recording of this row and their help is gratefully acknowledged.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 1 – The East, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.145-146.

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