Hart Tor, South

The upper length of the row. View from west (Scale 1m).

A single stone row measuring 56.4m long, including 15 mainly medium-sized stones together with some small-sized stones situated on a west facing slope with restricted views. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and leads downslope from a cairn at the ENE end. There is a second stone row, several cairns, a reave and prehistoric settlements in the vicinity.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 57720 71698     Lat 50.52772361   Long -4.00879827

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

Simplified plan of the Hart Tor stone alignments. Hart Tor South shown in red.

(Source: survey by Sandy and Helen Gerrard)

Plan of the Hart Tor, South stone alignment. Stones shown red, cairn highlighted in pink and tinworking earthworks depicted in grey. Despite extensive tinworking in the area much of the row has survived (Source: survey by Sandy and Helen Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 56.4m
No. of stones: 15 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 63° Altitude: 345m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
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

Stone row leading away from the cairn at the top of the alignment. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone adjacent to the cairn. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Row leading towards the terminal cairn. View from west (Scale 1m).

Cairn and row. View from west (Scale 1m).

The row is mainly composed of small edge-set stones. Hart Tor, North is visible in the background. View from south (Scale 1m).

In common with many rows its builders were not making a grand architectural statement. Small stones were clearly considered sufficient (Scale 1m).

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

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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