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

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

List entry Number: 1014277

Location

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

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Exmoor

National Park: EXMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 28-Mar-1996

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 25205

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

History

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Details

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.

Selected Sources

Other
M St G Walker, (1993)

National Grid Reference: SS 77995 42569

Map

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