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HER Number:MDV130497
Name:Possible stone row south-east of the Scorhill stone circle, Gidleigh


Possible stone row near long cairn south-east of the Scorhill stone circle recorded by Butler (1991), although Gerrard was not convinced during Monument Protection Programme visit in 1998 and was not included in scheduling. Site visit in 2021 recorded potential row.


Grid Reference:SX 654 871
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old SAM County Ref: 387
  • Old SAM Ref: 28715

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149162 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(05/02/1998) Gerrard records the long cairn MDV6196 and mentions this possible feature: 'The stone row shown by Butler is probably a natural occurrence of three stones'. Grass and gorse cover.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 192, Map 38, Site 8 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Butler records two parallel lines of slabs almost hidden under the turf (the remains of a double stone row) starting at the lower edge of the long cairn (MDV6196) oriented directly downhill towards the river. The first six slabs of the west row and four in the eastern are in place, but the grounds been disturbed by peat cutting and stone pits further down and the rest have been lost.
This association of stone circle and stone rows elevates the site into an important ceremonial centre like those at Merrivale, Fernworthy and Shovel Down.

Cunis, E, 2021, Prehistoric features on Scorhill Down (Worksheet). SDV364277.

(18/03/2021) Features recorded during site visit with archaeologist from Dartmoor National Park Authority. Photographs of the possible stone row included.
Cairn MDV6196 appeared round at the time of visit; with another round cairn nearby (as recorded by Turner and Butler), but local knowledge states that approximately 20 years ago this feature resembled a long barrow and that it has been damaged by the path cutting through the centre.
The path continues down the stone row directly in line with the Dolmen Stone. The cairns and stone row are overgrown with vegetation and in a ruinous state. Survey work might help establish details of these features.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 192, Map 38, Site 8. [Mapped feature: #129809 ]
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149162.

Associated Monuments

MDV6196Related to: Long cairn 160m south of Scorhill Stone Circle, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV130492Related to: Reave south-east of the Scorhill stone circle (Monument)
MDV130493Related to: Round cairn south-south-east of the Scorhill stone circle, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV6122Related to: Stone circle on Scorhill Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV27493Related to: The Bradford Pool Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 9 2023 2:56PM