MEM22514 - Prehistoric standing stone on Deer Park (Monument)

Summary

A solitary standing stone was visible during field investigation in 2012. This is firmly set in the ground and is likely to be a prehistoric standing stone due to its shape, size and location.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A stone was noted during a non intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park, undertaken by South West Archaeology as part of the Exmoor Mires Project, and interpreted as a standing stone of prehistoric date. [1] The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park, which included this site. Noted was a solitary standing stone, firmly set in the ground. This appears to be a good candidate for interpretation as a prehistoric standing stone, due to its morphology, size and topographic context. [2] A thick well-set standing stone measuring 0.42 x 0.25 x 0.15m overlooks the Halscombe Water and combe on Deer Park, on the south facing slopes. The stone is an upright wide post of sandstone, and can be located when comparing photographs of the trees and field bank in the distance, alongside the route of an animal track. The condition of the stone is currently “very good” and “stable” since its discovery. The presence of moss completely covering the stone when the surveyor discovered it, suggests livestock have not been visiting the stone. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Report: Walls, S. and Morris, B.. 2012. Deer Park, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. 13, 34.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Deer Park, Exmoor. 6, 7, 17, 18, 22.
  • <3>XY Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018. MEM22514. [Mapped feature: #45495 Standing Stone., MEM22514]

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 7667 3815 (point) (Surveyed)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (3)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP12(28)

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:34PM

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