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Stone alignment and terminal cairns south-west of Glasscombe Corner

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4312 / 50°25'52"N

Longitude: -3.8873 / 3°53'14"W

OS Eastings: 266053.975586

OS Northings: 60740.084788

OS Grid: SX660607

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.2960

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RX.7DW

Entry Name: Stone alignment and terminal cairns south-west of Glasscombe Corner

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1964

Last Amended: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012476

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10557

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ugborough St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


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 and its associated cairns
lie south-west of Glasscombe Corner and the West Glaze Brook, on the lower
eastern slope of Piles Hill. The alignment runs south-west/north-east for
174 metres down across the slope and is single for about one third of its
length and double for the southern two thirds. It has a cairn at either end,
the northern one surviving as a retaining kerb 10m in diameter and the
southern cairn being 6m in diameter and 0.4m in height. Three more cairns
are associated with the northern end of the alignment, they range from 7m to
9m in diameter and are all 0.4m in height, two have traces of retaining

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 the Bronze Age. This alignment, south-
west of Glasscombe Corner is connected with two cairns and associated with
several others in the immediate vicinity.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 171
Devon County SMR SX66SE-005,

Source: Historic England

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