New Megalithic site on Dartmoor

10 Apr 2010

Discovery News April 9th (http://news.discovery.com ) ... nine large stones found on a remote moorland exposure on Dartmoor, a two hour yomp from the nearest road, have been dated to the 4th millennium BC. The C14 dates came from plant material in peat above and below one of the stones. They were aligned in a row but at some stage fell over, were blown over, or were toppled by people - and eventually buried under peat on Cut Hill (during the cold spell and very wet spell of climate 3200-3000BC). The research appears in Antiquity and consists of the stone row and a ditch barrow. Archaeologists plan to put the stones back into their upright positions to get a better idea of what was going on.