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HER Number:MDV5930
Name:Stone alignment on Lakehead Hill


Single stone row of at least 12 stones in open clearing in forestry plantation on Lakehead Hill. Irregular line of mostly small stones associated with another alignment and three cists in the immediate area, one of which lies to the west and another to the south of the alignment.


Grid Reference:SX 643 776
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/60
  • Old SAM County Ref: 962
  • Old SAM Ref: 28687.3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

OS CITING WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249561.

-/4/1975 (ancient monuments) stone row on lakehead hill.12 stones observed in open clearing in forestry plantation. Length 20.12m. A single row of stones extends for 60 feet on the same alignment as a cist 400 feet to the east to which the row may have run (os citing worth).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV249562.

Vis=30/11/1979 (os) 20.3m long. A dozen stones, mostly small slabs on edge averaging 0.3m high, with blocking stone at w end, 0.6m high. The line is rather irregular and, apart from 4 gaps, the stones are spaced at intervals of 1m to 1.3m. The e-w alignment is not directed towards a cist as asserted by worth. The cist to the w lies 30m to the n and that to e is 30m s of the alignment (nmr citing os).

NMR CITING NEWMAN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV249565.

Vis=22/11/1993 (rchm) e-w row of 12 erect stones between 0.5m and 1m apart. Tallest is 0.8m. Westernmost stone is approx triangular slab 0.8m high, leaning slightly e, and positioned across end of row in the manner of a 'blocking stone'. Area around monument is managed, with vegetation trimmed to ground level (nmr citing newman).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249569.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249570.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)311.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249571.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities - the north/2(1991)50;fig 27.13.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249572.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249573.

Des=nvq/pers comm/(22/3/1995)/notes in smr. Bellever lakehead 2. As above (nvq).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249574.

Des=newman, p. /(23/6/1983)/rchme field investigation.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on Royal air Force 1951 aerial photograph.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144264 (09/07/1997) (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Stone alignment forming part of a ritual complex on Lakehead Hill. Area immediately around monument is being kept clear. No trace of annual poaching now although evidence that this may have occurred in the past. Alignment oriented 273 degrees. Largest stone 0.75m high.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2014, Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape (Leaflet). SDV357070.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249561Migrated Record: OS CITING WORTH.
SDV249562Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV249565Report - Survey: NMR CITING NEWMAN.
SDV249569Migrated Record:
SDV249570Migrated Record:
SDV249571Migrated Record:
SDV249572Migrated Record:
SDV249573Migrated Record:
SDV249574Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144264 (09/07/1997).
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV357070Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2014. Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape. Dartmoor National Park Authority Publication. A5 Stapled.

Associated Monuments

MDV5841Related to: Cairn with cist on Lakehead Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV5842Related to: Cist on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5869Related to: Ring cairn in Bellever Forest (Monument)
MDV52762Related to: Ring cairn on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5843Related to: Ring cairn on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5873Related to: Stone alignment with cist on Lakehead Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2020 3:34PM