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Monument Number 438674

Hob Uid: 438674
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Sheepstor
Grid Ref : SX5615065940
Summary : A circle of stones lies at this location. It is uncertain whether it is a feature of antiquity.
More information : (SX 56146595) Cairn Circle (NR) (1)

An 11ft 2ins diameter cairn circle composed of fourteen stones of
which four have fallen over (Plan). Stones of quartz-schorl, not
granite. (2)

The circle, 3.7m. in diameter, is as planned by Worth. None of
the stones is taller than 0.7m. and the majority no more than
0.3m. high. There is no cairn and only half of the stones are
earthfast and with no sign that they ever were packed.

A rather odd circle of stones. It is notable that a newly
discovered ?embanked stone circle nearby (SX 56 NE 161) also
incorporates a few quartz-schorl stones though these occur in a
near locality. (3)

The circle has been re-surveyed by Prof Thom (see illus card) (4)


It has been suggested by T Greeves (a) that this circle may be a
sham; if so, and it is impossible to prove by visual inspection,
the stones may have been removed from the nearby circle.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

SX 56156594. This feature has the semblance of having ben recently created. The stones are mostly loose and irregularly spaced. As a monument type it appears to be unique on Dartmoor. It should not be considered of great antiquity. (5)


Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source Number : 2
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : illust (R H Worth)
Page(s) : 39
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Vol(s) : 76, 1944
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 09-MAR-79
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Source Number : 3a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Inf T Greeves (Field Survey Officer Dartmoor National Park)
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Source Number : 4
Source : British Archaeological Report (BAR) British series
Source details : (A & AS Thom)
Page(s) : 110-1
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Vol(s) : 81, 1980
Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Probert SAJ 18-FEB-2005 EH Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
Display Date :
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Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Stone Circle
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 10592
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 NE 61
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 NE 60
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1979-03-09
End Date : 1979-03-09
Associated Activities : RINGMOOR DOWN CONDITION SURVEY
Activity type : MANAGEMENT SURVEY
Start Date : 2005-02-01
End Date : 2005-05-01