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Traveller’s Cross

Traveller's Cross

As the ‘Way of the Dead’ or the Lych Way morbidly winds its way down from Lydford Tor it reaches the river Cowsic and  Conies Down Water at a ford known as Traveller’s Ford. On the west bank of Conies Down Water stands a large, black boulder that sits silently …

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Tottiford Time team

Tottiford Time team

Back in the October of 2009 the sensational headline of ‘Atlantis and Mini Stonehenge Found in Devon‘ hit the archaeological world. It was referring to the discovery of some Bronze Age monuments when the Tottiford reservoir was drained for purposes best known to South West Water. At that time I …

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Tottiford Settlement

Tottiford Settlement

Whilst flicking through the archaeological news feeds today (24.10.09) one came up from Heritage Key (see link opposite) dramatically announcing: ‘Atlantis and Mini-Stonehenge found in Devon‘. As the term ‘Atlantis‘ was used I assumed whatever had been discovered was along the coastline somewhere – wrong! On reading further this over …

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Three Barrows

Three Barrows

“Proceed over the common to Three Barrow Torr; a lofty elevation, so named from three huge barrows, or karns, on its summit – supposed, from their vast size to mark the tomb of some eminent warrior.” – 1827. For once it is easy to see how this hill acquired its …

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Thornworthy Kist

Thornworthy Kist

Imagine a scene some 4,000 years ago when a highly respected member of a Bronze Age tribe died, they may have been killed in some conflict or just simply died of old age. Either way the family and other tribal members respected them enough to give him or her a …

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Stone Rows

Stone Rows

Along with the menhirs, stone circles, and kists of Dartmoor are the associated stone rows. It is estimated that there are 76 known stone rows and avenues all of which seem to have been built over a lengthy period of time. It is always difficult to date these features but …

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Stone Circles

Stone Circles

As with most highland zones of Britain Devon has a number of Bronze Age stone circles, 16 to be exact and of these 14 are to be found on Dartmoor. They range in size from a diameter of 17.7 metres to 38.2 metres which when compared to the larger Avebury …

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Stentiford’s Cross

Stentiford's Cross

Stentiford or Stittleford’s Cross is another often unseen feature of Dartmoor which stands in the corner of an old newtake wall near Hemsworthy Gate. Although it is now lumped together with the other stone crosses of Dartmoor technically speaking the ‘cross’ is an inscribed stone. I am as guilty as …

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Staldon Stone Row

Staldon Stone Row

Staldon stone row is the longest stone row on Dartmoor but there can potentially be a slight mix up with the much shorter row which lies 1.88 kilometres to the south on Stalldown. This is a good example of the dangers of place-name etymology as Staldon is a local dialect …

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Spurrell’s Cross

Spurrell's Cross

“We shall find the object of which we are in quest about a mile from the gate by which we have entered on the moor. It is the top of a shaft, and one of the arms of a very curious old cross, and it is much to be lamented …

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