Shoveldown 1

Tiny stones barely protruding above the turf (Scale 1m).

A single stone row measuring 540m long, including at least 99 small-sized stones forming part of a cluster of six stone rows, a stone circle and three cairns. This row is situated on the north and east facing slopes of a small hill , is orientated north to south and stands close to a later prehistoric settlement and partly within a coaxial field system.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 66049 85707     Lat 50.65553304   Long -3.89640153

Map showing the location of Shoveldown 1 stone row.

Simplified plan of the Shoveldown stone alignments (Source: Butler, J., 1992, 179).


Type: Single Length: 540m
No. of stones: 99 Size of stones: Small only
Orientation: 171° Altitude: 418m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignments, stone circle, prehistoric settlements, field system and cairn

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


This stone row is of Type S10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Most of the stones in this row protrude only slightly above the present day ground surface. 

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 66205 86548. From here head SSW across open moorland to the stone rows.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     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., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 2 – The North, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.178-181.


VISITED:- 28th April 2013 and 5th July 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 25th March 2019

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