MEM23208 - Possible prehistoric clearance cairn on Lanacombe (Monument)


A possible prehistoric clearance cairn was noted during field investigation in 2013. The feature was seen as a mound marked by a well defined vegetation change. One stone was visible on the surface and others were detected by probing.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, in 2013 Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service were contracted to undertake a non-intrusive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. SS 78720 42621. A clearance cairn, seen as a mound approximately 3.5 metres in diameter and up to 0.25 metres high. One stone is visible and further stone was detected under the surface by probing. [1] The visit was followed by a further survey undertaken by The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. The feature was marked by a well defined vegetation change and may be a prehistoric clearance cairn, but may also be natural in origin. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G.. 2013. Lanacombe, Great Buscombe, and Trout Hill, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. Cornwall County Council Historic Environment Service (Projects). p 21, 58, ELN13(40).
  • <2>XY Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 4, ELN13(40). [Mapped feature: #48022 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7871 4262 (10m by 9m) Based on GIS provided with report
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN13(40)

Record last edited

Jun 21 2022 2:24PM


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