Sharp Tor, North East

Dense vegetation made it difficult to be certain that there was a stone row row at this location. View from east.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 6500 6188     Lat 50.44117464   Long -3.902520802

Google Map showing location of Sharp Tor NE stones

Plan of Sharp Tor, NE stones (Source: survey by Sandy Gerrard and Dave Parks at 1:200). Stones forming part of the alleged  stone row are shown red and the positions of other stones in the vicinity shown black.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 12.5m
No. of stones: 6 Size of stones: Only small
Orientation: 8° Altitude: 415m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: Yes
Context:
Notes:

Other Information

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

Interpretation

Category: Uncertain. Fieldwork identified a short sinuous line of stones leading from near an irregular cluster of stones which could represent the much truncated remains of a cairn or even a stone circle. This line of stones is unlikely to be natural because there is no surface stone in the vicinity but interpretation as a stone row seems on the basis of the available evidence should be considered uncertain. The row seems rather sinuous for such a short length and there has clearly been much disturbance in the area. Future fieldwork under more sympathetic vegetation conditions may provide an opportunity for a re-interpretation.

Photographs

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones.

Stone 1 measures 0.54m long by 0.28m wide, stands 0.18m high and is orientated at 165°. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 measures 0.44m long by 0.26m wide, stands 0.15m high and is orientated at 119°. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 3 measures 0.36m long by 0.33m wide, stands 0.05m high and is orientated at 65°. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 measures 0.28m long by 0.18m wide, stands 0.23m high and is orientated at 119°. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 measures 0.25m long by 0.12m wide, is level with the ground surface and is orientated at 75°. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 (not photographed) measures 0.27m long by 0.16m wide, is level with the ground surface and is orientated at 170°.

Cairn

The stones are a short distance north of a substantial cairn. View from the south.

Sea View

A clear view of Plymouth Sound is available from the site.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 64338 59551. From here head east along the path to SX 65778 59971 then head north along the Two Moors Way to the site.

Online Resources 

PastScape     Historic Environment Record     Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor

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