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Standing stones on Manor allotment

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Standing stones on Manor allotment

List entry Number: 1006165

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Oare

National Park: EXMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. As these are some of our oldest designation records they do not have all the information held electronically that our modernised records contain. Therefore, the original date of scheduling is not available electronically. The date of scheduling may be noted in our paper records, please contact us for further information.

Date first scheduled: N/A

Date of most recent amendment: N/A

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: SO 374

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Stone setting on Great Tom’s Hill.

Reasons for Designation

Exmoor is the most easterly of the three main upland areas in the south western peninsula of England. In contrast to the others, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, there has been no history of antiquarian research and little excavation of its monuments. However, detailed survey work by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England has confirmed a comparable richness of archaeological remains, with evidence of human exploitation and occupation from the Mesolithic period to the present day. Many of the field monuments surviving on Exmoor date from the later prehistoric period. Examples include burial mounds (`barrows'), standing stones, stone alignments and stone settings. Stone settings are arrangements of small upright stones placed in roughly geometric patterns, many having a sophisticated layout. They are considered to be almost without parallel in Britain and Ireland. Stone settings were being constructed and used from the Late Neolithic period to the Middle Bronze Age (c.2500-1000BC) and provide rare evidence of ceremonial and ritual practices during these periods. Due to their rarity and longevity as a monument type, all surviving examples are considered to be of national importance. Despite some erosion and disturbance caused by animal rubbing the stone setting on Great Tom’s Hill survives comparatively well and will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, function, territorial significance, social organisation, possible ritual practices and overall landscape context.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 2 September 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a stone setting situated on a gently sloping hillside known as Manor Allotment on South Common just below the crest of the ridge of Great Tom’s Hill and overlooking several tributaries to the Badgworthy Water. The stone setting survives as at least five upright earthfast stones up to 0.6m high with a sixth recumbent stone and a stump representing a possible seventh arranged in an imperfect rectangle measuring approximately 17.5m long by 7.5m wide to the north and 6m wide to the south. At least two further stones are thought to have formed part of the setting represented by hollows, but some suggest these might be shell holes.

Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are scheduled separately.

Selected Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-36205

National Grid Reference: SS 80180 43287

Map

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