Stone alignment north of Glasscombe Upper Plantation
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- South Hams (District Authority)
- South Brent
- National Park:
- National Grid Reference:
- SX 66802 61321
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 provide rare evidence of ceremonial or ritual practices on the Moor during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. This alignment is particularly significant as it is associated with several well-preserved cairns and other stone alignments on either side of the West Glaze Brook.
Stone alignments or stone rows consist of upright stones set in 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 double stone alignment is sited on the east side of the East Glaze
Brook and runs for c.130m north-east/south-west from a terminal cairn
towards the stream bank, where it is crossed by a disused leat and by the
Corringdon Leat, both of which have disturbed it. Over forty stones remain,
thirty set upright and a further fifteen fallen. The stones are up to 0.7m
in height; the rows are c.0.7m apart and the stones which remain in position
suggest a spacing of c.1.5m. There is a terminal stone at the south-western
end and the rows appear to align with the stone settings on the west side of
the East Glaze Brook, less than 100m away. The terminal cairn at the
northern end of the double alignment is a turf and heather- covered mound
15m in diameter and 0.4m in height. Elements of two concentric rings of
stone which can be traced within the body of the mound probably acted as
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.
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Books and journals
Robinson, R, Cosford, J, 'Proc Devon Arch Soc' in Dartmoor Multiple Stone Circles, , Vol. 44, (1986), 166-170
Devon County SMR SX66SE-071,
Devon County SMR, SX66SE-148,
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing