Hart Tor, North

Kerbed cairn in foreground and stone row beyond (Scale 1m).

A fine double stone row measuring 126m long, including at least 88 mainly medium-sized stones together with some small-sized stones situated on a west facing slope with restricted views that include a glimpse of the sea. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and leads downslope from a kerbed cairn at the ENE end. The WSW end has probably been truncated by tin streamworking. There is a second stone row, several cairns, a reave and prehistoric settlements in the vicinity.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 57708 71708     Lat 50.527798   Long -4.0088987

Map showing the location of Hart Tor, North stone row.

Simplified plan of the Hart Tor stone alignments. Hart Tor North shown in black.

(Source: survey by Sandy and Helen Gerrard)

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 126m
No. of stones: 88 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 76° Altitude: 344m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Pillar?
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignment, cairns and reave
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

The Hart Tor stones rows viewed from the slopes of nearby Black Tor.

A double row of stones ascending the hill towards the cairn. View from the north west (26 March 2013). 

The double row approaching the kerbed cairn. View from west.

Looking downslope along the row from the kerbed cairn. View from the east.

Kerbed cairn at the top of the row. View from the west (20 October 2014).

Stone row leading away from the kerbed cairn. View from the east. 

Access Information

Roadside car parking is available at SX 56985 71765. From here the row can be reached across open moorland. The row is situated about 600m to the east. The River Meavy needs to be crossed and it is usually possible to do this via a very narrow “footbridge”.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks     Sea Views

Meavy Valley Archaeology

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. 58-60.


Timeline

VISITED:- 23rd March 2013, 26th March 2013 and 20th October 2014

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 31st January 2018

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