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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Drizzlecombe cairn 3 Alternative Name: Drizzlecombe centre; Drizzlecombe B; Grinsell Sheepstor 29; Turner F13
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ring Cairn
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5925367080  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.486581N  Longitude: 3.98537W
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
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4 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
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5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
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2co-ordinates of the nearest village
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Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Drizzlecombe Cairn 3: cairn at the head of Drizzlecombe Stone Row 3. The stone row is just offset from the centre of the cairn. Butler, in his "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, page 138, says: "the third row descends from cairn 3 surrounded by an outer ring of slabs 8.6m across mostly in contact with its base ... probably only three stones are missing out of t10, the largest of those remaining standing about a metre high facing the row". Of the three cairns at the eastern end of the row, this cairn has the tallest stones protruding out of it, and the most character. See Butler's diagram of it on page 139 (fig. 49.19.3). After looking at the eastern end of the row, we proceeded up the slope, looking for the Drizzlecombe Cist and the settlements at the top of the slope, meandering back along stone row 3 as we came back.

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Drizzlecombe cairn 3 submitted by simcon : SX593671 Drizzle Combe Cairn West, Dartmoor Devon. This cairn is at the top end of the leftmost row at this site. The view in this picture is looking back down the row in a south westerly direction. You can clearly see the other row in the left of this picture extending way down the hill. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn with surrounding stone ring, making up part of the Drizzlecombe complex on southwestern Dartmoor in Devon

This cairn and circle is at the uphill end of the NW row (row 3).

Circle diameter: 29 feet, Number of stones: 12

Update September 2019: This cairn is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Drizzlecombe (Central) Encircled Cairn and the Drizzlecombe Ceremonial Complex (Photos 1)

The cairn is recorded as part of Pastscape's Monument 438622, which tells us: "The cairn, which is offset from the line of the row by 1.5m, has a diameter of 8.0m and a height of up to 1.4m. There is a depression in the centre, possibly the site of a cist. Six stones of the cairn circle remain". The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes a record for this cairn; see MDV14772 (Cairn).

Butler, in his "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities", Volume 3, page 138, describes this cairn briefly, saying: "Twelve metres to the north-west (of cairn 2 at the head of Drizzlecombe Stone Row 2) the third row descends from cairn 3, surrounded by an outer ring of slabs 8.6m across mostly in contact with its base ... probably only three stones are missing out of 10, the largest of those remaining standing about a metre high facing the row".

The cairn is also scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1014145 (Three stone alignments, 15 cairns, a cist, a partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement and a small clapper bridge at Drizzle Combe).

For more information about the stone row, its associated cairns and its relationship with the ceremonial complex, visit the Stone Rows of Great Britain's entry for Drizzlecombe 3.
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Drizzlecombe cairn 3 submitted by Anne T : A closer look at the cairn at the head of Drizzlecombe Stone Row 3 (Drizzlecombe Cairn 3). The larger stones in the foreground, forming part of the ring around the cairn, are from where the stone row starts to descend from. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 3 submitted by Anne T : Half way along Drizzlecombe 3 stone row, looking back at the cairn at its eastern end. Sandy G's Intrepid Dartmoor Exploration Group are just about visible, examining the cairn. You can just make out (left to right): Dave Parks (Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks); Gordon Fisher; Janet Daynes (pointing animatedly!); Sandy G, Andy B and Andrew Tate's head just popping up at the right hand side of the cairn... (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 3 submitted by davep : Drizzlecombe (Central) Encircled Cairn (Butler Drizzlecombe Cairn 3), from Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, site 213. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 3 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe cairn 3. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe cairn 3 submitted by Bladup

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