Lanacombe 5: a stone alignment on the south east side of Lanacombe


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014277

Date first listed: 28-Mar-1996


Ordnance survey map of Lanacombe 5: a stone alignment on the south east side of Lanacombe
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset (District Authority)

Parish: Exmoor

National Park: EXMOOR

National Grid Reference: SS 77995 42569


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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 other two areas, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, there has been no history of antiquarian research and little excavation of its monuments. However, survey work has confirmed a comparable richness of archaeological remains with evidence of human exploitation and occupation from the Mesolithic period to the present day. The well-preserved and often visible relationships between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways and ceremonial and funerary monuments give insight into successive changes in the pattern of land-use through time. Stone alignments or stone rows consist of upright stones set in a single line, or in two or more parallel lines, up to several hundred metres in length. They are often sited close to prehistoric burial monuments, such as small cairns and cists, and to ritual monuments, such as stone circles, and are therefore considered to have had an important ceremonial function. Stone alignments were being constructed and used from the Late Neolithic period to the Middle Bronze Age (c.2500-1000 BC) and provide rare evidence of ceremonial and ritual practices during these periods. The recorded examples on Exmoor form an important subgroup of the total population and are considered to be of national importance.

The Lanacombe 5 stone alignment survives well and will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the construction and use of the monument. Its importance is enhanced by being part of a linear group of five similar sites.


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The monument includes a stone alignment of three standing, four recumbent stones arranged in three parallel rows and the archaeologically sensitive area between and around the stones. It is located on the south east side of Lanacombe in an area of naturally outcropping rock. The site is set out on a rectangular grid, with one corner stone missing, orientated NNW/SSE and extending over 0.02ha. The standing stones are between 120mm and 300mm high, 170mm to 240mm wide and 140mm to 180mm thick.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 25205

Legacy System: RSM


M St G Walker, (1993)

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