MSO12241 - Probable Bronze Age standing stone on Drybridge Combe (Monument)


A probably Bronze Age single standing stone was visible during field investigation. This site was possibly confused with MSO7064.

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A single standing stone is 0.5 metres high, located at SS 7615 3831, with another stone lying nearby. This was marked by a yellow and orange peg in 1990 to prevent damage. [1] During field survey in 1995 the orange peg was found to have been broken and displaced. [2] This site was possibly confused with MSO7064. [3, 4] As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, South West Archaeology were contracted to undertake a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park. Noted was a standing stone with worn edges, which leans towards the west. It was sat within an erosion hollow measuring 2 metres by 1.2 metres. [5] This site was visited as part of a non- intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park. [6] A standing stone and a recumbent partner are situated on the west side of deer park. The small standing stone (A) leans slightly southwards within a large erosion hollow. Roughly 3-4m to the east is stone B, a well buried post of hangman grits, which may be a prehistoric standing stone or disposal from a drainage ditch or the quarry. The upright stone has been used for excessive rubbing and has worn quite smooth. The hollow is also waterlogged. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Setterington, R.A.. 1990. Manuscript in Somerset County Council. 11.
  • <2> Unassigned: Heal, S.V.E. 1995. Verbal communication.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, April 1998.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . DAP QO 01, 02 (26 March 1990).
  • <5> Report: Walls, S. and Morris, B.. 2012. Deer Park, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. South West Archaeology Ltd.. 13, 31, 38.
  • <6> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Deer Park, Exmoor. Exmoor National Park Authority. 6, 7, 17, 18, 24.
  • <7>XY Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018. MSO12241. [Mapped feature: #45591 Upright Stone., MSO12241]



Grid reference SS 7616 3833 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP12(91)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35306

Record last edited

Jul 6 2022 2:15PM


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