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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Shell Top Cairn Circle Alternative Name: Shell Top Summit 3; Grinsell Cornwood 1a; Turner A44
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ring Cairn
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: Lee Moor / Cornwood
Map Ref: SX5983063830  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.457509N  Longitude: 3.976023W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
2 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
no data Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
no data Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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Ring cairn in Devon

Update December 2019: Information about this ring cairn comes from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Shell Top Stone Ring Cairn Circle, which tells us that this is: "a stone ring 20.5m overall diameter, comprising small, heather covered stones, 0.8m wide and 0.2m high. It lies on the broad level summit of shell top at 475m above sea level. There is a wide 3m wide gap on the north side and the interior is slightly domed, about 0.4m high, possibly a natural rise since it is off-centre. The term 'stone circle' is rather a mis-nomer since only half a dozen stones protrude from the turf and in appearance it is simply a low circular bank".

This cairn is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 439297, as MDV12790 (Ring cairn in the parish of Cornwood) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1012696 (Ring cairn on Shell Top).
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 75m WSW 244° Shell Top Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX5976163799)
 594m SW 227° Shell Top South West* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX59386344)
 774m SSW 207° Shell Top South-West stone row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX59466315)
 913m S 173° Penn Beacon Cairn* Cairn (SX59916292)
 1.0km S 172° Penn Moor Reave West Misc. Earthwork (SX59956282)
 1.1km SSE 152° Penn Moor Reave East Misc. Earthwork (SX60306289)
 1.1km S 180° Penn Beacon NE Stone Row / Alignment (SX598627)
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 1.3km S 173° Penn Beacon SE* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5994762546)
 1.3km SSE 148° High-house Waste Ancient Village or Settlement (SX60506270)
 1.3km WSW 245° Lee Moor Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX586633)
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 1.4km SSW 191° Penn Beacon SW* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5952062471)
 1.4km WNW 294° Upper Spanish Lake* Cist (SX58546445)
 1.5km W 264° Hanging Stone (Lee Moor)* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX58376371)
 1.5km W 263° Lee Moor South* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5835963682)
 1.6km S 179° Penn Beacon Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX59826225)
 1.9km N 355° Hentor A Cairn (SX59706570)
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 2.0km NNW 341° Hentor 1* Cist (SX59256572)
 2.0km ESE 120° Dendles Waste* Cairn (SX61536279)
 2.0km N 351° Hentor B* Cairn (SX5956765806)
 2.0km NNW 345° Hentor Cairn Circle* Cairn (SX5937265801)
 2.0km SW 219° Cholwichtown stone row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX585623)
 2.0km N 358° Hentor 7* Cist (SX59816588)
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