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HER Number:MDV6220
Name:Stone alignment east of Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest


Stone alignment east of Round Hill later identified as a prehistoric field boundary


Grid Reference:SX 612 743
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW5, SX67SW4
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/5/1
  • Pastscape: 443247, 443444

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) STONE ALIGNMENT (Constructed, Neolithic - 4000 BC (Between) to 2201 BC (Between))
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 498 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

An intermittent line of stones passes from the tumulus down the hill north-east towards the West Dart.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67SW5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234411.

(01/09/1950). No trace of a line of stones as the one mentioned by Prowse.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SW5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234412.

(19/02/1980) At the position indicated by Prowse there is a flat topped and roughly triangular stone measuring at its greatest 1.6m by 1.1m. The underside is partly buried but is at least 0.5m thick and curvilinear, almost boat-shaped, in section. Beside this stone on the north-east is a recumbent slab 0.8m by 0.6m and 2 more, 0.9m by 0.5m lie on the south-east side.
Immediately to the west of the large stone two edge slabs protrude from the surface both 0.7m long. They are not parallel, being 0.6m apart at one end and 0.8m apart at the other. The measurements do not conform to those of Prowse but nothing else can be seen in the vicinity. It is most unlikely that these stones represent the remains of a cist, but are a natural occurrence.
(From SX67SW4 / 443244) Nearby, as on Prowse's plan, there is a curvilinear bank of stones, of which a few large ones protrude the surface at intervals of 2.0m to 4.0m, and from 0.1m to 0.3m in height. There is no circle, but the line extends to the northeast for about 20.0m and to the northwest for 60.0m. It cannot now be seen to join the row of stones to the west (SX 67 SW 3) and like those, it is not a stone row but the emergent part of a prehistoric field boundary.
No survey action taken in regard to the alleged cist and row.

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

Quinell, N. V., 1995, Stone alignment on Round Hill (Personal Comment). SDV236468.

Notes on 22nd March 1995.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233834Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 498.
SDV234411Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67SW5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Card Index.
SDV234412Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SW5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown.
SDV236468Personal Comment: Quinell, N. V.. 1995. Stone alignment on Round Hill.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV6217Related to: Cairn with cist on Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6219Related to: Pillow mound on Round Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8627 - Roundhill Farm Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 8 2022 9:04AM