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.
|England Devon Dartmoor SX 69077 73256 Lat 50.54430643 Long -3.84919357|
Map showing the location of Sherberton Common stone row.
|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: ?|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: National Park|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: No|
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.
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.
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.
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FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016
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