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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Shovel Down stone circle Alternative Name: Shovel Down NW
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Chagford  Nearest Village: Teigncombe
Map Ref: SX65828620  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.659973N  Longitude: 3.899757W
Condition:
5Perfect
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:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 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.
4 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
5

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Anne T visited on 16th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 3 Access: 3 Shovel Down Stone Circle: Before we visited this site, I thought there would be nothing to see, but I was wrong. Whilst there are just three stones remaining, they appear to the eye to sit along the arc of a circle. However, the authenticity of this stone circle is queried by Pastscape. The stones are sited in deep, tussocky grass, I was very pleased to be able to reach this stone circle, not far off the main footpath, using my walking poles to balance. Our GPS recorded the three stones at: SX 65830 86187, SX 65822 86196 and SX 65823 86199

SandyG TheCaptain have visited here

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by thecaptain : Two of the remaining standing stones viewed looking east. The northern end of row 3 is just down to the right of this picture somewhere. (Vote or comment on this photo)
The Stone Circle at the Shovel Down complex is probably the oldest of the monuments in this ceremonial centre.

The remains of Shovel Down stone circle lie up the hillside to the west of the northerly end of row 3. There are only 3 standing flat topped slabs of this 18m diameter circle remaining, but there are 3 other stones lying flat to the ground which are probably part of the circle. Strangely, the circle is not positioned on a flat piece of land, and unusually is on quite a slope.

This stone circle is recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 443619. Pastscape doubts the authenticity of the circle, adding that the three stone slabs average 0.7m long by 0.8m high. The stones "appear to be set on the same circumference …. Peat digging has occurred over part of the site, and other stones may have been removed for local walling". The circle is also recorded as MDV29944 (Possible stone circle on Shovel Down) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1017874(The North Teign coaxial field system (western part) and associated later remains at Shovel Down, Stonetor Hill and Long Ridge).

The circle is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website - see their entries for the Shovel Down Stone Circle and the Shovel Down Complex.
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Shovel Down stone circle submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down stone circle, The 3 Stones looking South (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down stone circle, Looking North across the Circle (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Shovel Down stone circle submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down stone circle, Looking East towards the wonderful Kestor Rock (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Shovel Down stone circle submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down stone circle, I thought i was gonna think nahhhhh, but instead I thought yehhhhh, It wasn't on as much of a slope as i thought it was gonna be either, I liked it here, This photo is looking North (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by Anne T : The three stones remaining in this possible stone circle. View looking north. Photograph taken 16th May 2019. Our GPS showed the stones are located at SX 65830 86187, SX 65822 86196 and SX 65823 86199 (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by Anne T : Two of the stones close together on the southern-most arc of this possible stone circle, showing the relatively steep slope it sits on. Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by Anne T : The third stone in the circle. This one is the furthest north of the three.

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by davep : Shovel Down Stone Circle. Photograph taken 16th May 2019. Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, site 265.

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by SandyG : Last two standing... View from south east (28th April 2013).

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by thecaptain : View looking north of the three remaining standing stones. In the middle distance is Scorhill, and on the right horizon is Cosdon Hill

Shovel Down stone circle
Shovel Down stone circle submitted by thecaptain : Two of the remaining standing stones viewed from the east. Theres a third one flat to the ground at the bottom right corner.

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 80m ESE 118° Shovel Down row 3* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65898616)
 130m E 89° Shovel Down row 2* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65958620)
 179m E 89° Shovel Down row 1* Stone Row / Alignment (SX660862)
 214m SE 141° Shovel Down Fourfold Circle* Stone Circle (SX65958603)
 247m SSE 147° Shovel Down* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65958599)
 296m SE 146° Shovel Down row 4* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65988595)
 301m S 182° Shovel Down Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX658859)
 358m SSE 148° Shovel Down Cairn Row 4* Cairn (SX66008589)
 438m SSE 151° Shovel Down row 5* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX66028581)
 560m SSE 157° The Longstone (Shovel Down)* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX66038568)
 626m SSE 162° Shovel Down row 6* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX660856)
 714m E 82° Kes Tor Cairn* Cairn (SX6653286277)
 720m ENE 78° Kestor Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX66538633)
 732m E 82° Kes Tor Rock Basin* Natural Stone / Erratic / Other Natural Feature (SX66558628)
 750m SSE 162° Three Boys* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX66038548)
 784m SW 222° Stonetor Brookhead East Cist (SX65288563)
 794m SSE 157° Thornworthy Corner North Cist (SX66118546)
 820m SSE 166° Shovel Down row 7* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX660854)
 863m NE 40° The Round Pound* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX66398685)
 925m SW 216° Stonetor Hill Cairn Circle* Cairn (SX6525085470)
 936m NNW 339° The Tolmen Stone (Dartmoor)* Natural Stone / Erratic / Other Natural Feature (SX65508708)
 972m ENE 69° Modern Stone Circle near Kestor Rock* Modern Stone Circle etc (SX66748652)
 1.1km SW 215° Stonetor Hill Stone Ring Cairn Circle Ring Cairn (SX65198535)
 1.1km NNW 340° Scorhill Cairn and Rows* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65488721)
 1.2km NNW 342° Scorhill* Stone Circle (SX65468738)
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