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HER Number:MDV49564
Name:Retaining circle at south-western end of Shaugh Moor stone row

Summary

Only an arc of four clearly identifiable stones survive in the circle; they are a maximum 0.3 metres high and suggest an approximate circle diameter of 15.0 metres. There are a number of buried and semi-buried stones traceable but their relationship to the circle is unclear. The large recumbent slab to the south of the circle has wedge split marks along its length and the upcast around it suggests quarrying activity.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 554 634
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 45
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/24/1
  • Pastscape: 439236

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN CIRCLE? (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 165/Shaugh Prior 41 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(08/06/1976) Three stones of retaining circle, 12 metres diameter, no height given.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56SE45 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363217.

(04/09/1980) The ring of stones, excluding the terminal stone of the row, appears to have diameters of approximately 10.0 metres by 13.0 metres rather than those quoted previously. The recorded off-set central socket could not be identified; the low mound 5.0 metres in diameter and 0.05 metres high, is also off-set. For details see ground photographs and 1:500 plan. Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD. and 1:500.

Balaam, N. D. + Smith, K. + Wainwright, G. J., 1982, The Shaugh Moor Project: Fourth Report - Environment, Context and Conclusion, 254-5 (Article in Serial). SDV145845.

Egg-shaped stone setting is 13.9 metres by 12.4 metres and is not on same axis as the row.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 81/g17 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Stone circle, 12.1 metres in diameter, with 7 stones standing. Aligned right of centre of single stone row.

Fletcher, M. + Probert, S., 1998, Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV343481.

(02/12/1997) The remains of the stone row and the stone circle at its southern end are an impressive survival. A 1:200 scale survey undertaken by the RCHME in 1998 revealed that there has been relatively little change to the state of this monument since the 1:500 scale survey carried out in 1980.
Only an arc of four clearly identifiable stones survive in the circle; they are a maximum 0.3 metres high and suggest an approximate circle diameter of 15.0 metres. There are a number of buried and semi-buried stones traceable but their relationship to the circle is unclear. The large recumbent slab to the south of the circle has wedge split marks along its length and the upcast around it suggests quarrying activity.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, SM-41 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 20/10/2019. Site description is fair. Three stones around the cairn are visible in an arc, the fourth stone is buried. Other stones shown on Butler map indicating a circle of stones were not found. The cairn completely blends in to the landscape surface leaving nothing to distinguish it. Area has been subject to burning of gorse in recent years keeping the area clear and subject to light grazing. Overall condition good. Photo x2 taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, SM-41 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo 1: View of 3 stones forming an arc round the S side of the cairn looking W. Photo 2: Overall view of cairn looking W.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145845Article in Serial: Balaam, N. D. + Smith, K. + Wainwright, G. J.. 1982. The Shaugh Moor Project: Fourth Report - Environment, Context and Conclusion. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 48. A4 Bound. 254-5.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 81/g17.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 165/Shaugh Prior 41.
SDV343481Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Probert, S.. 1998. Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #121899 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM-41.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM-41.

Associated Monuments

MDV2434Related to: Stone row north-west of Saddlesborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 14 2020 2:13PM