Shoveldown 3

A length of the alignment. View from the west (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 155m long, including at least 71 small and medium-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 NNW to SSE and stands close to a later prehistoric settlement and coaxial field system.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 65947 86029     Lat 50.658463   Long -3.8979001

Map showing the location of Shoveldown 3 stone row.

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


Type: Double Length: 155m
No. of stones: 71 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 159° Altitude: 414m
Upper end: – 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 D10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Looking south along Row 3. 

Looking north along row 3. Dense molinia makes this row difficult to see.

Looking south along Row 3.

Southern length of the row 3. View from north (Scale 1m).

Shoveldown 2, 3 and 4 in 1997 when they were easier to see. Shoveldown 3 is furthest from the camera.

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.178-183.


VISITED:- 28th April 2013

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 9th February 2021

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