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HER Number:MDV6002
Name:Stone row south of Laughter Tor

Summary

One of two alignments south of Laughter Tor. This alignment lies to the south of the standing stone and is also orientated approximately north-west to south-east and includes a 10 meter long double row of at least ten upright stones with an average height of 0.05 meters. The spacing of the stones is irregular and the distance between the rows is 1.0 meter.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 652 753
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record
  • National Record of the Historic Environment
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/26/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 34459
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67SE28

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV230154.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230159.

Des=ancient monuments/(30/9/2003)/as above.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1976, SX67SE94 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV230153.

(22/09/1976) Immediately south of the standing stone (MDV6001) a stone row was found, exposed by burning. It consists of 13 visible small stones "and some 9 can be located by probing".

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

This is not visible on 1977 NMR aerial photograph.

Haythornthwaite, R. L., 1988, Brimpts Farm, Dartmeet, Princetown (Duchy Farms Survey), I. S. Sainsbury (Report - Survey). SDV223270.

(1998)

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 157099 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(09/05/2002) Double stone alignment 740m south-west of Laughter Hole farm. Dense gorse and thick dead grass obscure the whole area in which the stone row is said to survive. At the time of the visit only two stones were visible, both of which just protrude through the surface.

Quinnell, N. V., 1995, Notes by Quinnell (Personal Comment). SDV141083.

(22/03/1995)/notes in smr. Laughter man. OS has wrongly conflated 2 rows under the number sx67ne28 (see smr sx67ne/27). This row found + planned by the woolners in 1965. Plan shows 25 stones; 14 visible, 11 found by probing. Row 38 paces long, starting 9 paces s of laughter man + extending wnw-ese. Presumably never found by os, but large scale survey made c.1993 when found by rchme (nar=sx67ne94). Said to be a double row, centred sx56197537, with 13 visible stones.14m long (nvq).

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

The monument includes two double stone alignments, a cairn and standing stone situated on a south facing slope of Laughter Tor overlooking the valley of the East Dart River. The eastern alignment (PRN 6003) is orientated from north-west to south east and includes a 164 meters long, double alignment of at least 23 upright stones, with an average height of 0.23 meters. The spacing of the stones is irregular and the distance between the rows is 1.7 meters. A small cairn with a tall standing stone built into its centre stands at the north-west end of this stone alignment. The cairn measures 5.5 meters in diameter and 0.2 meters high, whilst the standing stone is 2.65 meters high, 0.7 meters wide by 0.52 meters thick. The standing stone was re-erected in 1893 and again in 1911. The cairn was excavated in 1903 by Robert Burnard who found considerable quantities of charcoal.
The second stone alignment lies to the south of the standing stone and is also orientated approximately north-west to south-east and includes a 10 meter long double row of at least ten upright stones with an average height of 0.05 meters. The spacing of the stones is irregular and the distance between the rows is 1.0 meter. (Amended 2003) Other details: SAM ID: 34459.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV141083Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 1995. Notes by Quinnell. Not Applicable.
SDV223270Report - Survey: Haythornthwaite, R. L.. 1988. Brimpts Farm, Dartmeet, Princetown (Duchy Farms Survey). Agricultural Development Advisory Service. A3 Comb Bound. I. S. Sainsbury.
SDV230153Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1976. SX67SE94. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV230154National Monuments Record Database:
SDV230159Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 157099.
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.
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website. [Mapped feature: #96517 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV66340Related to: Cairn 720 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV66333Related to: Field system south-east of Laughter Tor (Monument)
MDV66342Related to: Field wall 710 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV6003Related to: Stone row south of Laughter Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8634 - Brimpts Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 7 2022 11:23AM