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HER Number:MDV48897
Name:Stone alignment 535 meters south-west of Shell Top


Stone alignment south-west of Shell Top. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 594 631
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Cholwich Town, Penn Beacon and Shell Top Reaves. Earthworks of Bronze Age boundary works with adjacent prehistoric enclosures and hut circles, cairns and stone rows

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/430
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))

Full description

Lethbridge, D. W., 1992, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV143122.

Stone row recorded running 1250 feet (381 meters) along the contour south-east of an enclosed hut group SX56SE-25. The row is 71.63 meters long, between a recumbent stone, measuring 2.67 meters, and a cairn. 29 stones are visible, the tallest measuring 0.37 meters high. Other details: Additonal plan and photographs in Parish File..

Griffiths, D. M., 1993, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV143123.

Unable to identify site on ground during visit on 14/07/1993.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 173-4 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Stone row consisting of 31 stones (from the original 47, if regular spacing is assumed) most of which are lying flat or leaning acutely. The majority of the missing stones are from the southern half and may be buried. At the southern end of the alignment is an oval cairn, the uneven top of which may indicate it has been dug into at some point, although no central pit is obvious. The alignment measures 73.5 meters from the centre of the cairn to a massive fallen long stone, measuring 2.7 meters which is likely to have stood with its broad face in line with the row. The size of most of the fallen slabs (and those still standing), indicates that the average height of stones in the row was around 0.3 meters. The alignment lies roughly parallel with the reave approximately 30 meters down hill (PRN 15061). Other details: Additional map and plan.

Quinnell, N. V., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV143124.

Unconfirmed stone alignment on Shell Top.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This stone alignment was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 173-4.
SDV143122Site Visit: Lethbridge, D. W.. 1992. Worksheet. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV143123Site Visit: Griffiths, D. M.. 1993. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV143124Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 1995. Unknown.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV15061Related to: Cholwich Town Reave South (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 11 2015 9:23AM