Higher Town Bay, St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly

View from west © Cheryl Straffon

A single stone row measuring 15m long, including three large-sized stones situated on a sandy beach just below the present mean high water mark. The row is orientated east to west and stands in an area rich in Romano-British settlement and funerary remains.

Location

England Isles of Scilly Rest of England SV 9339 1533
Lat 49.958906   Long -6.277765

Map showing the location of Higher Town Bay stone row.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 15m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 90° Altitude: 0m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns and prehistoric settlement
Notes:

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Possible. Excavations have confirmed that the base of the middle stone is level with a buried prehistoric land surface and this supports the idea that the feature is prehistoric.  However, given the proximity of a Romano-British field system it is possible that these stones represent the remains of a much eroded or robbed field system and for this reason this site should be interpreted as as a possible row.  Future work or shifting of the sands may provide clarification.

Typology

This stone row is of Type S2. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Nearest Neighbour

Kenidjack Common – 48.6km


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

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. 216.


Timeline

VISITED:- 25th March 1997 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 29th May 2020

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