Yar Tor

Looking northward along the alignment.

A triple stone row measuring at least 250m long, including at least 124 mainly small-sized stones together with some medium and a few large-sized stones situated in a col between high ground to the west and east with landscape and sea view reveals. The row is orientated NNW to SSE and has survived despite being within an historic field system. There is a kerbed cairn at the top (SSE) of the row together with other cairns and prehistoric settlements in the vicinity.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 68177 73857     Lat 50.549574   Long -3.8620491

Map showing the location of Yar Tor stone row.

Simplified plan of Yar Tor triple stone alignment (Source: Google Earth and Butler, J., 1991, 125).

Characteristics

Type: Triple Length: 250m
No. of stones: 124 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 153° Altitude: 389m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns
Notes: This row has largely survived despite being incorporated into Middle Bronze Age and historic field systems. The northern end may have been truncated by a post-medieval field and the southern end by stone robbing.

Other Information

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

Identification

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


Photographs

Looking north along the triple row.

Looking north along the rows as they curve towards the right.

The triple row ascending the hillside.

The triple rows changes direction at this point. View from north.

Detail of the rows. View from above and north.

Looking north along the rows.

View from above and south. Most of the stones barely protrude through the surface.

View from the south east.

View from above and north.

The Money Pit cairn at the top of the row. View from above east. 

Access Information

Car parking is available close to the row at SX 68224 73870. From here walk a short distance west.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks     Sea Views

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. 1 – The East, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.126-127.


Timeline

VISITED:- 14th May 2015

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 31st January 2018

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