Copyright: Angie Lake. Original available at Megalithic Portal
|England||Cumbria||Rest of England||NY 55155 15931|
|Lat 54.53666763 Long -2.69459507|
Shap stone alignment (After Clare, T., 1978, 8).
|Type: Double||Length: 3000m|
|No. of stones: 31||Size of stones: Only large|
|Orientation: 130°||Altitude: 258m|
|Upper end: –||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) : No||Sea View: No|
|Context: Ritual landscape|
|Notes: There would have originally been far more stones. Most have been removed. There is some debate whether there are two alignments. This is because of the shift in orientation south of the Skellaw Hill barrow. This shift is no greater than that observed at the West Kennet or the Upper Erme rows and therefore until further evidence is found it is perfectly possible that there is only one alignment at Shap and is the second longest in Great Britain.|
|Public Access: Partly|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
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.
Clare, T., 1978, ‘Recent work on the Shap ‘Avenue’, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological SocietyNew series, vol. 78 Pgs. 5-15.