Stone alignment and two cairns to the north-west of Glasscombe Ball

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017610

Date first listed: 07-Oct-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Stone alignment and two cairns to the north-west of Glasscombe Ball
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Ugborough

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 65761 60442

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in Southern Britain and because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provides direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Stone alignments, such as that north-west of Glasscombe Ball, provide rare evidence of ceremonial or ritual practices on the Moor during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age.

History

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Details

Stone alignments or stone rows consist of upright stones set in a single line or in two or more parallel lines, up to several hundred metres in length. They frequently lead to burial monuments such as small cairns, cists and barrows and are therefore thought to have had a ceremonial function. The 70 or so examples known on Dartmoor were probably constructed in the Late Neolithic period (around 2500 BC). This alignment, runs north-east/south- west across the north-west side of Glasscombe Ball from a cairn at its northern end to another at the southern end, beside the Redlake Railway track. It cuts off the spur of Glasscombe Ball on the 360m contour. The alignment consists of at least twenty fallen stones in a single row 84m long, the stones are irregularly spaced and are up to 1m in height. A small cairn lies near either end, both are 4.5m in diameter and 0.5m in height.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 10563

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 171
Other
Devon County SMR SX66SE-004,
Devon County SMR SX66SE-004.01,

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