Shoveldown 2

View from north (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 182m long, including at least 40 small, medium and large-sized stones forming part of a cluster of six stone rows, a stone circle and three cairns. This row is situated on a north facing slope, is orientated north to south and stands close to a later prehistoric settlement and coaxial field system.  The upper end of the row is denoted by a kerbed cairn formed by concentric circles of stones.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 65955 86026     Lat 50.658441   Long -3.8977868

Map showing the location of Shoveldown 2 stone row.

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


Type: Double Length: 182m
No. of stones: 40 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 179° Altitude: 415m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
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 D12. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Stones at the northern end of the row. View from the south.

View from the south.

View from above and north along the row.

View from above and south looking along the row.

Cairn (known as Fourfold Circle) at the top of the row. View from south.

Shoveldown 2, 3 and 4 in 1997 when they were easier to see. Shoveldown 2 is on the right.

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:- 9th February 2021

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