MSO10982 - Stell and possible barrow, W end of Long Combe, Exmoor (Monument)


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Oval enclosure set in valley. Encloses area of c30mx20m defined by well preserved grass covered stone wall 1.5m high. [1] Entrance 1.3m wide on W side. Bank is faced on both sides with stone in traditional slanting style, 1.4m high, 2m wide at the base and 1.2m at the top. Encloses a natural mound or barrow. [2] Called "sheep pen" on OS 25" map. [3] A sheepfold, probably of 19th century date, centred at SS 8033 4274. It lies close to the junction of two valleys, in a sheltered location on the valley floor. Its precise position is dictated by a mound of natural material or morrraine, which the sheepfold encircles. The sheepfold comprises a sub-oval enclosure measuring 35.8 m north-south by 28 m west-east. It is defined by a well-preserved, stone-faced bank 2.3 m wide and 1.2 m high. There are traces of a quarry/drainage ditch on either side of the bank. The entrance, which is 1.5 m wide, is defined by well-made terminals of the enclosing bank. The interior of the sheepfold is featureless, but is dominated by the natural knoll, which presumably afforded additional shelter for livestock. [10]

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  • <1> Unassigned: SMR file 33121.
  • <2> Unassigned: SMR file 33121.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1978. 25" SS8042.
  • <4> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 8040.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: April 1972. HSL.UK.72-142 Run 81. 0020.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1975. SS84SW(M).
  • <7> Report: McDonnell, R. 1985. Recommendations for the Management.... 53 (site 48).
  • <8> Photograph: February 198. Slide (SCC Planning Department). 3.014.0099.
  • <9> Aerial photograph: 1990. DAP QP2 (1990) SCED.
  • <10> Map: 1995. SS84SW. 32.
  • <11> Unassigned: Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. 1982. 23/06/1982.



Grid reference Centred SS 8033 4274 (34m by 43m)
Map sheet SS84SW

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  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33121

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Mar 10 2014 11:50AM


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