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HER Number:MDV2399
Name:Stone row 600 metres south-west of Penn Beacon


Very short double stone row with associated cairn south-west of Penn Beacon. Consists of two pairs of stones set to the south-west of the cairn, which was excavated in the late 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 595 624
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 439282
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/2
  • Old SAM Ref: 10875

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 290 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Penn Beacon, lower slopes. A short double stone row 7.3 metres long and nearly 0.6 metres wide consisting of two pairs of stones on the southern slope of Penn Beacon. To the north end of the row there is a cairn approximately 15.8 metres in diameter and 1.8 metres high. It was excavated in 1872, a cist was discovered, though the Capstan stone had collapsed at one end. Fragments of a wide mouthed jar were found and a slate implement, thought to be used for fashioning clay vessels. Row number 9.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56SE62 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV164395.

Stone row and cairn, Penn Beacon. A very short double stone row with two pairs of stones near the cairn.

Emmett, D. D., 1979, Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered, 111 (Article in Serial). SDV251087.

Quinnell, N. V., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV139195.

Penn Beacon 1. As above. Other details: Notes in SMR.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Four stones are marked on the modern digital mapping.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

The double stone row at Penn Beacon is one of the more unusual forms of stone alignment with an exceptionally large cairn situated at one terminal.
Of the two elements of this monument the large cairn is the visually dominant feature. It lies close to the head of a spring on the south-west slope of Penn Beacon. A short double stone alignment extends down the slope from its south side. A short double stone alignment runs for some 15 metres from a point 2.0 metres from the cairn and consists of four pairs of stones up to 0.4 metres in height, which stand in two rows 1.0 meter apart. The spacing is irregular and there may be stones missing; in its present form the row leads down the slope to end close to a spring head. Other details: SAM ID: 10785.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV139195Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 1995. Unknown.
SDV164395Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56SE62. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV251087Article in Serial: Emmett, D. D.. 1979. Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 37. Paperback Volume. 111.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 290.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #84403 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV12909Related to: Cairn on the lower slope of Penn Beacon, Cornwood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2015 3:57PM