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Monument Number 442883

Hob Uid: 442883
Location :
Widecombe In The Moor
Grid Ref : SX6807074040
Summary : The remains of a probable triple stone row with a cairn and cist at its south end and a barrow at its north. The row comprises stones set 2m apart and standing to a height of 0.3m. Some are concealed beneath the turf. The cairn measures 11m in diameter and 0.3m high with a central cist surronded by a kerb. The barrow is 6m in diameter and 1m high.
More information : (SX 681739) Stone Row (NR).
(SX 68017417) Tumulus (NR).
(SX 68177385) Cairn Circles & Cist (NR). (1)

Remains of a triple stone row extending between a barrow
(SX 68017417) to the north and a cist (SX 68177385) to the south
(Plan). There are indications (not specified) that the row
continued northwards beyond the barrow. South of the cist a
double row of forty stones, identifiable for about 75 yds (a)
was noted in 1895. By 1897 all these stones, except one (see
plan), were removed for road mending. (2)

The cist, consisting of one end stone and one side stone, stands
within a kerb circle surrounded by a cairn circle (Plan).

On the saddle between Yar Tor and Corndon Tor and between 395m
and 369m OD is the remains of a tripel stone row. It extends for
350m with a cairn and cist at its upper end and a barrow at the
lower end.

The cairn measures 11.0m in diameter and is 0.3m high, the
perimeter marked by spaced stones (see ground photograph). There
is an inner kerb 3.2m in diameter and 0.4m high, within which
the ruined cist aligned north/south, measures 0.9m by 0.5m and
0.6m deep. (See ground photograph and amended Worth plan)

The row is much despoiled by cross banks of the reave and later
field systems (SX 67 SE 9 & 94) which are clearly visible on
the NMR air photograph (a) but sufficient stones survive to show
its triple nature and that it curves slightly to the west (see
plan an 1:1250) Generally the rows are 2.0m apart and the stones
set at a similar distance along the length. Their height
is mostly 0.3m or less with some concealed beneath the turf
(see ground photograph).

At SX 68027414, towards the northern end there is a mound
6.8m by 4.2m in diameter and 0.7m high which seems to be a
natural accumulation around outcropping rock.

The barrow at the northern end of the row measures 6.5m
in diameter and 0.9m high. It is furze covered with minor
mutilations. The row does not appear to extend beyond it.

Apart from the stone shown on Worth's plan it is difficult
to determine the rows extending south wards from the cist. This
stone at SX 68197388 is a leaning slab, 0.6m high situated
47.7m from the cist. Between these points are four stones at
ground level but their relevance to the row is uncertain.

Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD and at 1:1250 for AO Records.(3)

Only 40 stones, including several which remain upright, could be traced during survey for Dartmoor PALs, all heavily covered by furze. In places the layout hints at a triple row. The south cairn is a very spread and slight earthwork with a centrally placed cist. Only the north and west side slabs of the cist remain in situ though a misplaced slab lies to one side of the chamber. Eleven slabs forming a kerb of approximately 3m surrounding the cist remain in situ. Several additional stones survive, protruding just above the surface of the flattened cairn, which are likely to be evidence of an outer circle with a diameter of approximately 11m. The north carn comprises vegetation covered mound of earth, slightly ovoid in shape, 6m by 6.3m by 1m high. (4)

A sketch plan of the cist by Butler (4a) depicts the kerb as a misleading oval shape.

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source Number : 2
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : plans, illusts (R H Worth)
Page(s) : 76-8
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Vol(s) : 69, 1937
Source Number : 2a
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (R N Worth)
Page(s) : 441-2
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Vol(s) : 1985
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 30-MAY-80
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Source Number : 3a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : (NMR SF 1133 397 19.10.76)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Newman, P 14-MAR-2008 EH Archaeological Field Investigation
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Source Number : 4A
Source details : Butler J 1991 Dartmorr Atlas of Antiquities: Vol 1 The East
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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 : Cairn, Cist, Round Barrow, Stone Alignment
Evidence : Earthwork, Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 529
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 67 SE 10
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 SE 10
Start Date : 1980-05-30
End Date : 1980-05-30
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-02-04
End Date : 2008-04-30