Sherberton Common

Destroyed3

A possible double stone row that measured 68.6m long situated on a gently sloping south facing slope. The row was destroyed in 1897 shortly after its discovery. The rows are described as being between 8 and 9 feet apart and included some contiguous stones. It is possible that it was a field boundary, but Worth, R.N. was convinced that it was a stone row. It may be significant that its location was described as “nearly at the central point of a semi—circle embracing Bel, Mel and Sharp Tors”. This may be the earliest appreciation of the landscape context of stone row.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 69077 73256     Lat 50.54430643   Long -3.84919357

Map showing the location of Sherberton Common stone row.

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 68.6m
No. of stones: ? Size of stones: ?
Orientation: 176° Altitude: 350m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: ?
Context:
Notes: Destroyed

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Possible.  The reputed site of this row consists of a variety of hollows associated with stone robbing. Future survey work might be capable of establishing the precise original form of this row.  The location is very suggestive of a row but the possibilty of it being a field boundary cannot be entirely ruled. Its identification as a possible row seems most consisent with the current evidence.


Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 69481 73116. Walk north west for about 400m. You never know what you might find. If you find something please do let us know.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Historic Environment Record     Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor

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., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 1 – The East, Devon Books Exeter, pg.120.


Timeline

VISITED:- 14th May 2015

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 31st January 2018

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