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HER Number:MDV18864
Name:The Dunstone, Lower Dunstone

Summary

Large boulder of granite on the green at Lower Dunstone, Widecombe in the Moor. At least 13 'cup-marks' can be seen on the upper surface. It is believed to be prehistoric in date, although these may be natural hollows. Known as 'The Dunstone'. Said to have been used to collect rent payments.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 716 758
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/127

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CARVED STONE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))
  • CUP MARKED STONE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1902, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV178385.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 23 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

During a survey of enclosed land in Widecombe-in-the-Moor Beeson and Masterman recorded a stone at Lower Dunstone, on the green, noting that its upper surface contained hollows in which payment of rent had traditionally been placed. Other details: Occasional Paper no 7 (23,23a).


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

Greeves regards it as a possible cup-marked stone. It is 2.40 meters long, 1.40 meters wide by 1.0 meter high undressed granite boulder, orientated north-south. Its northern end appears earthfast; its southern end rests on an earthfast slab. On the top surface is a minimum of 13 roughly circular shallow hollows, with 5 other possible examples. Three hollows aligned along the axis appear to be among the best preserved. Of the 13, 8 have diameters of 70-60 millimetres (average 66 millimetres) and depths of between 25 millimetres and 10 millimetres (average 19 millimetres); 5 have diameters of between 200 millimetres and 100 millimetres (average 140 millimetres) and depths of between 55 millimetres and 30 millimetres (average 42 millimetres).
Although possibly natural hollows, Greeves considers the "cup-marks" to be artificial and of a prehistoric date. Other details: figure Ib,iia.


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

Morris records this site in gazetteer as a boulder with ring decoration and no central cups, minimum age 1900-1600bc (uncalibrated radiocarbon years).


Brewer, D., 2002, Dartmoor Boundary Markers: And Other Markers on and Around the Moor (Monograph). SDV350689.


GetMapping, 2010, GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV351585.

This large boulder is visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV178385Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1902. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor. 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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 23.
SDV350689Monograph: Brewer, D.. 2002. Dartmoor Boundary Markers: And Other Markers on and Around the Moor. Dartmoor Boundary Markers: And Other Markers on and Around the Moor. Hardback Volume.
SDV351585Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 2010. GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs. Getmapping. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82362 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV7526Related to: Cross at Dunstone (Monument)
MDV18859Related to: Cup-marked boulder, Brisworthy (Monument)
MDV12807Related to: Cup-marked stone found beside road, north of Princetown (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 6 2016 11:30AM