Soussons Down

Two of the surviving stones close to the cairn. View from south west with cairn visible in the top left (Scale 1m).

A triple stone row that originally measured 62m long and included seven small stones and numerous fallen and buried stones when first described in 1898 after robbing for a newtake wall. It was subsequently mutilated by afforestation in 1946, but at least eight stones remain. The row is orientated north to south and leads from a cairn at its northern end. There are several other cairns in the vicinity.

Location

England     Devon   Dartmoor     SX 67672 79964     Lat 50.60428   Long -3.871424

Map showing the location of Soussons Down stone row.

Plan of Soussons Down stone row (Source: GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard and Chris Jenkins).

Characteristics

Type: Triple Length: 62m
No. of stones: ? Size of stones: ?
Orientation: 172° Altitude: 412m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns
Notes: Originally thought to have been destroyed but at least eight stones have survived.

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Plausible. Despite severe mutilation it is clear from earlier accounts and the surviving evidence that there is the remnants of a triple stone row at this location


Typology

There is not enough information to categorise this row.


Photographs

Stone forming part of the stone row. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Cairn at the northern end of the stone row. View from east (Scale 1m).


Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 67469 78693. From here follow the forest track northward to SX 67646 80044. From here it is a short walk to the row.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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, pg.19.


Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Chris Jenkins for bringing these stones to my attention and for his help with the fieldwork. Shortly after our visit Chris sadly suddenly died. Chris had a keen eye for detail and I will miss our joint trips and discussions. Thank you Chris for all your help.


Time Line

VISITED:- 2nd August 2020

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 3rd October 2020

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