MEM23212 - 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 a stony mound with two stones visible and others apparent below the surface. The feature coincides with a well-defined vegetation change.

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Type and Period (1)

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 stony mound 3 to 4 metres in diameter and up to 0.1 metre high, with two stones visible and others present below the vegetated surface. The feature lies just above the break of slope above an unnamed tributary combe to Hoccombe Water. [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 a stony mound 3 to 4 metres in diameter and up to 0.1 metre high, with two stones visible and others apparent below the surface. The feature coincides with a well defined vegetation change and is possibly a prehistoric clearance cairn, but may also have a natural origin. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G.. 2013. Lanacombe, Great Buscombe, and Trout Hill, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. 26, 59.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7906 4331 (4m by 4m)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN13(49)

Record last edited

Dec 22 2014 2:52PM

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