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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle Alternative Name: Hemstone Rocks N3; Grinsell Lydford 17b; Turner E12
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Frenchbeer
Map Ref: SX6485683806
Latitude: 50.638233N  Longitude: 3.912514W
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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2Not Good
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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
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
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Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle
Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle submitted by Anne T : The Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle, submitted on behalf of Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn in Devon

The Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website includes information about the Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle. Described as the "remains of a cairn 8.0 metres diameter and up to 0.2 metres high to the north of the hut settlement. There are two pits cut into it, probably the result of work carried out by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1901."

Further details can be found in the Pastscape Record for this site, Monument Number 443951, which tells us that this cist is part of a monument comprising seven hut circles, a possible cist, a possible ring cairn and fragments of contemporary walling 200 yards north of Hemstone Rocks.

The Heritage Gateway for Devon & Dartmoor HER, HER number MD6730 (Cairn north of Hemstone Rocks Settlement, Fernworthy) dates the site to the Bronze Age (2200 BC to 701 BC) although it tells us this cairn is 330 metres north of Hemstone Rocks Settlement, Fernworthy Plantation. Interestingly, it adds a paragraph from the 1901 report by Baring Gould, "North of hemstone rocks and about two hundred yards from the brow of the clatter. The western most cairn had been denuded of its stones but on digging into the stump a pit in the 'calm' was found 22 inches in diameter and 15 inches deep. It contained burnt bones, wood charcoal and two small pieces of fired flint. This pit was surrounded by a circle of small stones 3 feet in diameter. A small cairn hard by rendered a little wood charcoal in a hollow depression in the calm. Further east is another ruined cairn with a neat pit dug in the calm and covered with a flat stone. It contained much wood charcoal."

The site is scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1017986 (Unenclosed stone hut circle settlement, two cairns and section of field system 330m north east of Hemstone Rocks).
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Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle
Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle submitted by Bladup : A larger Platform cairn found right next to Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle that's seen in the other photo's (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle
Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle submitted by Bladup : Hemstone Rocks Platform Cairn Circle (Vote or comment on this photo)

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