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Monument Number 442017

Hob Uid: 442017
Location :
Devon
South Hams
Harford, Ugborough
Grid Ref : SX6540061110
Summary : The double stone row formed by 139 stones, 7 of which lean; the others are either stumps with drill marks, cleanly snapped off stones, or recumbent posts, whole or split by drilling. Some 30 stones exceed 2.0m. in length with a maximum of 3.0m. A few take the form of slabs or boulders but the majority are of post-type up to 0.6m. square in section, with an angled top created by a single 'chamfer'. The rows in the main alignment are from 21.0m. to 30.0m. apart and within them the gaps between stones vary from 3.0m. to 30.0m. At each end the rows are close, 12.0m. to 17.0m. apart with fewer large gaps between stones.
More information : (SX 65036104 to SX 65896108). A double alignment
of stones, most fallen but some only partly, runs east to west
across Piles Hill. (1)

The stone row discovered by Commander and Mrs. Woolner across
Harford and Ugborough Moors is of almost megalithic proportions. (2)

The Piles Hill stone row extends from SX 65056110 to SX 65896111,
tramsversely crossing a saddle on Ugborough Moor for a total
length of 850m., in a gentle curve and in a generally east-west
direction. (see plan).

At the western terminal there is a slightly levelled area about
8.0m. in diameter with a scarp 0.4m. high around the lower
western half. The area incorporates one leaning stone set across
the axis of the row similar to a blocking stone, and also a
recumbent stone.

The double row is formed by 139 stones, 7 of which lean; the
others are either stumps with drill marks, cleanly snapped off
stones, or recumbent posts, whole or split by drilling. Some
30 stones exceed 2.0m. in length with a maximum of 3.0m. A few
take the form of slabs or boulders but the majority are of
post-type up to 0.6m. square in section, with an angled top
created by a single 'chamfer'.

The rows in the main alignment are from 21.0m. to 30.0m. apart
and within them the gaps between stones vary from 3.0m. to 30.0m.
At each end the rows are close, 12.0m. to 17.0m. apart with fewer
large gaps between stones. The eastern termination is at a
natural bluff on top of which split stones and transverse trenches
indicate the robbing of a possible blocking stone or stones.

The term 'alignment' is used loosely; nowhere is there a
consistently straight line of stones. A number have obviously
been felled or removed for gateposts etc., and the boundary stone
on the west side of Redlake Track probably came from the row.

Others appear not so much uprooted as never erected and are tidily
laid at right angles to the general axis with no evidence of
post holes. Thus although many stones were clearly in place it
is arguable as to whether this row, which would have been the
finest on Dartmoor, was originally complete.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D. and at 1:200. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Devon S and M Register
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Dartmoor 1971 (Worth) Intro (G M Spooner)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 10-AUG-77
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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

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 524
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 10566
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 66 SE 86
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 66 SE 86
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1977-08-10
End Date : 1977-08-10