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HER Number:MDV2400
Name:Stone row at Penn Beacon, Cornwood

Summary

Stone alignment south of Penn Beacon consisting of around ten small stones aligned in a row approximately 29 meters in length. Eastern terminal stone is larger than the others but is likely to be a natural boulder.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 599 625
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Cholwich Town, Penn Beacon and Shell Top Reaves. Earthworks of Bronze Age boundary works with adjacent prehistoric enclosures and hut circles, cairns and stone rows

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 439291
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/3
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1918, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 10, Pg 402 (Article in Serial). SDV138546.


Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, pg 290 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

The row at Penn Beacon is a single row. The direction of the length is north 82 degrees west 38 degrees, 20 metres long. There are no formal terminals, and the row is no more than a remnant. Row number 8 .


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56SE65 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV138547.

The description by Worth in 1946 is accurate. Sketch plan included.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1963, Monuments Threatened or Destroyed, 1956-62, Pg 14 (Un-published). SDV83845.


Unknown, 1977, Site visit report (Report - Survey). SDV138544.

SX 59916255 to SX 59946254. This stone row lies on a gently sloping, clitter-strewn terrace below Penn Beacon, at 380 metres above ordnance datum. It consists of ten stones, two fallen, aligned in a single row, 29.0 metre long, on a grid bearing of 110 degrees. The stones are small, up to 0.6 metre by 0.3 metre and 0.8 metre high, with the exception of the east terminal, which is probably a natural boulder, and measures 1.3 metre by 0.8 metre and 0.7 metre high.


Emmett, D. D., 1979, Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered, pg 111 (Article in Serial). SDV251087.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on Royal Air Force /National Monuments Record aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, Map 52 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Stone row is depicted on Butler's map, no description given.


Quinnell, N. V., 1995, Note in Sites and Monument Record (Personal Comment). SDV138550.

Penn Beacon 2. As described by Ordnance Survey.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Stone row depicted on digital mapping. Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. Map 52.
  • Report - Survey: Unknown. 1977. Site visit report. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Digital.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1918. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 10. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 50. Unknown. Pg 402.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56SE65. SX56SE65. Card Index.
  • Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 1995. Note in Sites and Monument Record. Unknown.
  • Article in Serial: Emmett, D. D.. 1979. Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 37. Paperback Volume. pg 111.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. pg 290.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • Un-published: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1963. Monuments Threatened or Destroyed, 1956-62. Photocopy. Pg 14.

Associated Monuments

MDV2566Related to: Rook Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 12 2018 2:39PM