Sharpitor, North East

View from east (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 22.4m long, including 10 mainly small and some medium-sized stones situated in a col between high ground to the north east and south west.  The row is orientated east to west and leads downslope from a cairn at the western end. There are several stone rows, cairns and prehistoric settlements with fields in the vicinity and a reave passes close to the eastern end of the row.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 56148 70810     Lat 50.519291   Long -4.030624

Map showing the location of Sharpitor, North East

Plan of Sharpitor, North East stone row (Source: Survey at 1:100 by Sandy Gerrard)

Simplified plan of the Sharpitor NE stone row (Source Butler, J., 1994, 46).

Map showing the position of Sharpitor NE, other stone rows and sites. 

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 22.4m
No. of stones: 10 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 90° Altitude: 345m
Upper end: cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Cairn, reave and prehistoric settlement
Notes: This stone row is shown in the wrong location on the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Map. The row is 25m north of its depicted location (17/08/2020)

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.


Typology

This stone row is of Type D7. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

A pair of closely spaced uprights forming part of the row. View from west.

View from south west.

View from above and the east.

View from above and south east.

View from above and north west.

Cairn at the upper end of the row. View from north west (Scale 1m).

View from north east showing the relative positions of the cairns, reave and row.


Individual Stones

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones.

Stone 1 is recumbent, measures 0.27m long, 0.27m wide and stands up to 0.13m high. The remainder of the row and terminal cairn are visible in the background. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stones 2 and 3 stand to the right of the ranging rod. Stone 2 is on the left, measures 0.44m long by 0.18m wide, stands up to 0.38m high and is orientated at 103°. Stone 3 measures 0.53m long, 0.13m wide, stands up to 0.22m high and is orientated at 105°. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 on the right and stone 5 on the left viewed from the west (Scale 1m). Stone 4 measures 0.35m long by 0.20m wide, stands up to 0.35m high and is orientated at 110°. Stone 5 measures 0.35m long, 0.23m wide, stands up to 0.34m high and is orientated at 91°.

Stone 6 on the right and stone 7 on the left viewed from the west (Scale 1m). Stone 6 measures 0.23m long by 0.23m wide, stands up to 0.10m high and is orientated at 55°. Stone 7 measures 0.68m long, 0.19m wide, stands up to 0.25m high and is orientated at 90°.

Stone 8 on the left and stone 9 on the left viewed from the east (Scale 1m). Stone 8 measures 0.20m long by 0.15m wide, stands up to 0.07m high and is orientated at 10°. Stone 9 measures 0.40m long, 0.10m wide, stands up to 0.14m high and is orientated at 85°.

Stone 10 is turf covered and measures 0.26m long by 0.18m wide, up to 0.05m high and is orientated at 20°. This stone may have been displaced from the nearby cairn.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 56120 70875. From here the row is a very short walk to the south.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

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., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 3 – The South-West, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 46-47.


Timeline

VISITED:- 29th April 2013, 13th May 2015 and 28th July 2020

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 22nd November 2020

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