Leeden Tor

Looking south eastward along the row.

A single stone row measuring 165m long, including 14 medium-sized stones situated on an east facing slope with restricted views that include a glimpse of the sea.  The row is orientated ESE to WNW and leads downslope from a cairn at the WNW end. A later reave has been built across the row and there are several other stone rows, cairns and prehistoric settlements in the vicinity.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 56522 71474     Lat 50.52533549   Long -4.02558714

Map showing the location of Leeden Tor tone row.

Map showing the position of the Leeden Tor stone row relative to the Stanlake and Hart Tor rows.

Simplified plan of the Leeden Tor stone row.  Upright stones shown black and fallen ones green.  The cairn associated with the row underlies a later reave and another passes across the row. (Source: Butler, J., 1994, 50).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 165m
No. of stones: 14 Size of stones: Medium only
Orientation: 107° Altitude: 360m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Yes Sea View: Yes
Context:  Reave and prehistoric settlement
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No substantiated doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Typology

This stone row is of Type S10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

Looking south eastward along the eastern length of the row (29 April 2013).

The eastern length of the alignment. View from west (13 May 2015).

The row leading up the hillside. View from the south east (13 May 2015).

The cairn at the top of the row. View from above and the east (13 May 2015).

Looking eastward along the row following vegetation clearance (13 May 2015).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 56728 71395. From here walk a short distance north west up the slope.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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, pg. 50.


Timeline

VISITED:- 29th April 2013 and 13th May 2015

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 25th March 2019

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