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HER Number:MDV12807
Name:Stone beside road, north of Princetown


Previously described as a possible cup-marked stone, west of Beardown Farm. This stone is undressed granite with 14 cup shaped hollows in it of varying degrees of distinctness. Survey in 1994 suggested it is more likely to be a mortar stone.


Grid Reference:SX 594 752
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE64
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 619153
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/51

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CUP MARKED STONE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • FINDSPOT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1980, Cup-marked stone (Worksheet). SDV278144.

A possible cup-marked stone lies by the road on the eastern side. It is of undressed granite with 14 cup shaped hollows in it of varying degrees of distinctness. Dimensions of stone circa 0.8 meters by 0.53 meters, dimensions of hollows from 3.0 - 12.0 centimetres in diameter, and 2.5 – 4.0 centimetres deep. More likely of prehistoric origin than a mortarstone. Other details: Worksheet and sketch in parish file? Not scanned..

Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, Three prehistoric (?) cup-marked boulders on Dartmoor, 27-31 (Article in Serial). SDV278145.

Cup marked stone at Holmingbeam, SX 59497525. An undressed granite block built into a wall and painted with the number '81'. The exposed face of the stone measures 0.80m by 0.53m and fourteen small smoothly worn hollows, apparently in three groups. Other details: Figure IIB.

Morris, R. W. B., 1989, The Prehistoric Rock Art of Great Britain, 88 (Article in Serial). SDV278146.

Listed in the gazetteer as prehistoric, with cup and groove marks in a pattern. Grid reference given as SX59497542, Holming Beam. A provisional estimated date in uncalibrated carbon 14 years of 1900-1600BC is given.
(According to NRHE record, This stone is erroneously included in a gazetteer of prehistoric rock art of Great Britain. Richards, A. F., 23/08/2021).

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(18/08/1994) This granite block, built into the stone wall which forms the eastern boundary of Long Plantation, appears to be a mortar stone, not a prehistoric cup marked stone. The granite block measures 0.7 meters wide by 0.5 meters high; its thickness cannot be measured. There are approximately 12 circular depressions on its eastern face. These measure between 0.075 and 0.1 meter in diameter and up to 0.05 meters in depth. There are two rows of three depressions; the others are arranged at random.
The mortar stone itself appears to be part of a relatively recent wall repair and is upside-down to its previous position. Its original location is unknown. The figure 18 is painted on its eastern face, suggesting a previous use by the military or the prison authorities.

Gerrard, S., 1995, Untitled Source (Un-published). SDV278148.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but not in-situ therefore not recommended for scheduling.

Probert, S. A. J., 2002, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV347518.

(22/08/2002) Site visited. No change noted.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 619153 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV347519.

The stone is erroneously included in a gazetteer of prehistoric rock art of Great Britain (Morris, 1989).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV278144Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1980. Cup-marked stone. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV278145Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. Three prehistoric (?) cup-marked boulders on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 39. Unknown. 27-31.
SDV278146Article in Serial: Morris, R. W. B.. 1989. The Prehistoric Rock Art of Great Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 55. Unknown. 88.
SDV278148Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 1995. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV347518Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2002. English Heritage Report. Unknown.
SDV347519National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 619153. National Monuments Record Database. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV18859Related to: Cup-marked boulder, Brisworthy (Monument)
MDV18864Related to: The Dunstone, Lower Dunstone (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV7622 - MORTAR STONE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Aug 23 2021 11:41AM