MEM23209 - Possible prehistoric clearance cairn on Lanacombe (Monument)

Summary

A possible prehistoric clearance cairn was noted during field investigation in 2013. The feature was seen as an area of well defined vegetation change, with some stones visible and more detected by probing. The site is similar to MEM23210.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service were contracted to undertake a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. Visible was a possible spread clearance cairn 3 to 4 metres in diameter. There is no apparent height to the feature but some stones are visible and probing reveals stone more widely under the thin grass and moss layer which closely defines the extent. The feature is crossed by a footpath and vehicle track. The feature is similar to MEM23210, which is located close to the northwest. [1] The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. Noted was an area of well defined vegetation change with some stones visible and more detected by probing. It is 3 to 4 metres in diameter but has no significant height. The feature may be a spread prehistoric clearance cairn, but is also possibly of natural origin. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G.. 2013. Lanacombe, Great Buscombe, and Trout Hill, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. 23, 24, 58.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7934 4346 (3m by 3m)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN13(44)

Record last edited

Dec 22 2014 2:27PM

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