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Three Boys

Hob Uid: 443598
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6602085490
Summary : A standing stone of Bronze Age date formerly one of three marking the southern end of a stone row. The stone measures 1.7 metres long, 0.8 metres wide and 0.3 metres thick. The two other stones are believed to have been taken for use as gateposts.
More information : (SX 66038549) Three Boys (Cromlech) (NR) (Remains of). (1)

The stone marking the southern end of a stone row ('F'
SX 68 NE 16) is the only survivor of three such stones known
as the Three Boys. It stands 4 1/2 feet high and leans
over. The other two have been removed to form gateposts for a
neighbouring enclosure. The suggestion that they formed the
supporters of a dolmen is unlikely as the remaining stone would
be quite unsuitable for this purpose. They were probably three
unusually large stones used to mark the end of the stone row. (2)

(SX 66038549) Three Boys (NAT) Standing Stone (NR). (3)

The remaining stone of Three Boys leans at 45o to the NNE;
it is 1.7m long, 0.8m wide and 0.3m thick. Packing stones are
visible at its base. A surrounding wet-hollow, diameter 3.7m,
depth 0.4m,has been created by sheep. There is no trace of a
mound.

The situation, shape and size of the stone strongly suggests
that it formed a terminal/blocking-stone to the double stone row
(SX 68 NE/16 'F') which originally extended from the Three Boys
to Long Stone.

Published 1:2500 survey revised. (4)

As described by authority 4. Se Sx 68 NE 16 E-F. (see also RCHME survey `The Shovel Down Stone Rows'(part 1) at 1:200 scale). (5)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1900
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Source : Worth's Dartmoor
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Source : Shovel Down Stone Rows/ink survey
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JWS 08-JUL-74
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RCHME Field Observation, 19-SEP-1991, WR Wilson North.
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 29-Apr-98
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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 : Standing Stone
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 28663
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 68 NE 40
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 68 NE 40
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-07-08
End Date : 1974-07-08
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 68 NW 40
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1991-09-19
End Date : 1991-09-19