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HER Number:MDV80769
Name:Stone row associated with Yellowmead stone circle


Stone alignment associated with the Yellowmead multiple stone circle. Located to the west of the concentric rings of stone a double stone row was identified as early as 1922 when the stone circles were restored. The row(s) do not align with the centre of the circles and extend around 10 meters, incorporating around 6 stones, in two rows.


Grid Reference:SX 574 678
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old SAM Ref: 10748

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1922, 41st Report of the Barrow Committee, 70-72 (Article in Serial). SDV231132.

There appears to have been a stone row consisting of six stones outside circle to west leading away from the stone circles.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE18 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV231143.

A difficult feature to interpret is that of the stone row(s) outside the fourth circle to the west. Eight stones in a double alignment were recorded on the sketch plan, pointing towards the circles, although not towards the centre. Further rows may have once existed.
The double row as planned by R. H. Worth. It is 9.3 meters in length. Other details: Sketch plan included.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1979, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV348094.

The double row as planned by Worth except that one stone is now missing. It is 6.9 meters long with mostly small line slabs, set on edge. They are about 0.3 meters long and 0.3 meters high, the intervals between stones and between the rows being 0.8 meters.

Armstrong, K. + Cheetham, P., 2008, Archaeological Geophysical Survey in Peatland Environments: Case Study Survey at Yellowmead Multiple Stone Circles and an adjacent Cairn, Yellowmead Down, Sheepstor, Dartmoor. Interim Report (Report - Survey). SDV360513.

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

The Yellowmead circles are an unusual example of their kind, surrounding a cairn and also incorporating a stone row. This combination of monument types is rare and emphasises the variety of ceremonial and funerary monuments on this part of the Moor.
The remains of a double stone alignment extend some 10 meters from the south west side; there are three stones in the south row and a similar number in the north row, although more were recorded in 1922. The stones of the alignments are up to 0.3 meters in height and on average 2.0 meters apart. The alignment avenue is approximately 1.0 meter in width (Scheduled 1963, Amended 1993). Other details: SAM ID: 10748.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231132Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1922. 41st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 54. 70-72.
SDV231143Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE18. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website. [Mapped feature: #107558 ]
SDV348094Report - Survey: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1979. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV360513Report - Survey: Armstrong, K. + Cheetham, P.. 2008. Archaeological Geophysical Survey in Peatland Environments: Case Study Survey at Yellowmead Multiple Stone Circles and an adjacent Cairn, Yellowmead Down, Sheepstor, Dartmoor. Interim Report. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV4025Related to: Cairn 27 meters north-east of Yellowmead stone circles (Monument)
MDV25281Related to: Leat south-east of Yellowmead Down (Monument)
MDV3338Related to: Multiple stone circle, Yellowmead Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7440 - Geophysical survey on Yellowmead Down

Date Last Edited:Nov 6 2017 12:14PM