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Conies Down Stone Row

Hob Uid: 439578
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX5857078990
Summary : The Conies Down stone row is oriented a few degrees west of north-south and is 145m long. Originally a double alignment of stones, only three pairs of upright stones now survive. There are a total of 17 upright and 15 recumbent stones. The average gap between stones is 10m and between the pairs the gap is some 1.4m wide.
More information : (SX 58557891 to SX 58567905) Stone Row (NR) (course of)
(NAT). (1)

A double stone row, 588 feet long, at Conies Down in the Cowsic
valley. Less than a dozen stones still stand; there are others
either fallen or buried. There are no distinct traces of either
a cairn or a barrow but at the northern end is a fallen stone
which may be blocking stone. (2)

On the south west slope of Conies Down Tor at approximately
500.0 m OD, is the remains of a double stone row. The row aligned
approximately north/south is visible in part over 173.0m from
SX 58557890 to SX 58577907 with an average distance of 1.9 m
between the rows though the spacing of the stones is now
indeterminate. The stones average 1.0m long and 0.5m wide and
0.2m high. There are now no apparent terminals though at the
present south end some natural boulders are visible. Further
south the area is peat bog.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD and at 1:1000.

See ground photographs. (3)

The stone row on Conies Down, NGR SX 58587906 to SX 58557892, lies on a gentle, south-facing slope to the north of Conies Down Water. It is oriented a few degrees west of north-south and is 145m long. The stone row was originally a double alignment of stones, but only three pairs of upright stones survive. There are a total of 17 upright stones and some 15 recumbent stones. The average gap between stones along the row is 10m and between the pairs the gap is some 1.4m. The average size of the upright stones is 1.0m long, 0.3m wide and 0.2m high. The Lich Way crosses the southern end of the alignment.

The recumbent stone at the northern end may be a blocking stone; there is no trace of the slight cairn mentioned by Butler (5) at this end. Some 20m to the south of the southernmost upright is a small, natural outcrop which is probably the small cairn described by Crossing (6). (4)

This feature remains as described by Authority 4 though some of the stones possess erosion hollows at their bases. (7)







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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : "The Stones Rows of Dartmoor" Part I (R Hansford Worth)
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Vol(s) : 78, 1946
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 01-SEP-78
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RILEY HM 23-AUG-1994 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1991 Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities vol 2, 77
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Crossing W 1965 Guide to Dartmoor
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Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Probert SAJ 05-JAN-2005 EH Field Investigation
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Source : SX 57 NE/ink survey
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Source : Conies Down stone row/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Stone Alignment
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 546
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 22220
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX57NE/27
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 NE 5
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 57 NE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-09-01
End Date : 1978-09-01
Associated Activities : DARTMOOR ROYAL FOREST PROJECT
Activity type : FIELD SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-06-01
End Date : 1996-06-01