Stones peeking out of the gorse. View from the west (Scale 1m).
A single stone row measuring 73.5m long, including at least 31 mainly medium-sized stones and a few large orthostats situated on a west facing slope. The row is orientated NNW to SSE, leads upslope from a cairn standing at the SSE end, terminates at a large recumbent orthostat and stands just outside the terminal reave of a prehistoric coaxial field system. Nearby are two further stone rows, cairns and several prehistoric settlements.
|England Devon Dartmoor SX 59473 63142 Lat 50.451189 Long -3.9807455|
Map showing the location of Shell Top, South West stone row.
Simplified plan of Shell Top SW stone alignment. Recumbent stones are shown green (After Butler, 1994, 174).
|Type: Single||Length: 73.5m|
|No. of stones: 31||Size of stones: Medium and large|
|Orientation: 163°||Altitude: 370m|
|Upper end: Pillar||Lower end: Cairn|
|Straight (Yes or No) : No||Sea View: Yes|
|Context: Reave and prehistoric settlement|
|Notes: This row unusually leads along the contour rather than across it.|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: National Park|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: No|
Category: Plausible. This row which was first identified by Dennis Lethbridge was initially dismissed, but is now accepted as prehistoric.
Cairn at the southern end of the row. View from south looking along the row (Scale 1m).
A pair of fallen slabs forming part of the row. View from south east (Scale 1m).
Looking south along the row (Scale 1m).
The substantial recumbent slab at the northern end of the row (Scale 1m).
Car parking is available at SX 57055 63069. From here take the track leading north east which follows the northern edge of the Whitehill Yeo china clay pit. Follow this track to SX 59027 63098 then head due east for about 450m.
Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 3 – The South-West, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 173-174.
VISITED:- 2nd May 2013
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 3rd April 2018