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Two fallen standing stones east of Hangershell Rock

A Scheduled Monument in Ugborough, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4185 / 50°25'6"N

Longitude: -3.8887 / 3°53'19"W

OS Eastings: 265919.903001

OS Northings: 59325.249786

OS Grid: SX659593

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.32TS

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RY.6W4

Entry Name: Two fallen standing stones east of Hangershell Rock

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017611

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10549

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Ugborough

Built-Up Area: Bittaford

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).
These two recumbent stones east of Hangershell Rock are considered to be
part of a stone alignment, which may not have been completed, the two
megaliths are 55m apart, with traces of smaller stones between them. The
western stone is 6.4m long and has a maximum width of 1.93m and a thickness of
0.76m, the eastern stone is 5.4m long and has a maximum width of 0.7m and a
thickness of 0.5m. They lie in an area of grassland largely devoid of stone,
and are orientated east/west towards the Butterdon stone alignment 250m to the

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 and standing stones provide rare evidence of ceremonial or
ritual practices on the Moor during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. The
stones east of Hangershell Rock are particularly significant as they are
associated with a group of ceremonial and funerary monuments on Butterdon
Hill which includes a stone alignment, a cist and several cairns.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Davidson, C J, Seabrook, R A G, 'Proc. Devon Arch. Soc.' in Stone Rings on South East Dartmoor, , Vol. 31, (1973)
Devon County SMR (SX 65 NE 004),

Source: Historic England

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