Long Chains Combe North: a stone setting 120m WNW of the sheepfold

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1014280
Date first listed:
28-Mar-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Long Chains Combe North: a stone setting 120m WNW of the sheepfold
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Location

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 74570 42358

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 settings consist of a group of standing stones set out in an irregular or random pattern. There are a number of such sites on Exmoor where they appear to be a regional variation of the more common stone alignments. Stone settings 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 settings 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. Due to their rarity and longevity as a monument type all surviving examples are considered to be of national importance.

The Long Chains Combe North stone setting survives well and will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the development and use of the monument.

Details

The monument includes three standing stones on the south eastern edge of Hoaroak Hill and the archaeologically sensitive area between and around them. It is located 120m WNW of the sheepfold at the east end, and on the north side, of Long Chains Combe. The stones define a triangular area with distances between the stones giving a 9m side facing south west, a 5m side facing north west and a 10.7m side facing north east. The monument covers an area 22.6m long and 9m wide at its greatest extent. The stones are between 300mm and 450mm high, about 200mm wide and 100mm to 200mm 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
25208
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Quinnell, N V, Dunn, C J, Lithic Monuments within the Exmoor National Park: A New Survey, (1992), 42

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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