MSO7102 - Bronze Age field system on Lanacombe (Monument)


A Bronze Age field system consisting of a series of well defined scarps, at least three isolated clearance cairns and several lengths of linear clearance or segmented stony banks.

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A prehistoric field system centred at SS 7735 4225, and first recorded as cairns and slopes during an archaeological survey of Lanacombe by Alan Preece in 1993/1994. [1] The remains occupy a slight, gentle spur on the south facing slopes of Lanacombe, and consist of at least three isolated clearance cairns, and several lengths of linear clearance or segmented stony banks (see 1:1000 survey). Sufficient of the linear features survive to suggest small fields or enclosures, and in places may represent lynchets with individual clearance cairns built upon them. Several well defined natural scarps are visible in the area, and form natural "lynchets", which may have been incorporated into the system. No settlement remains were identified, but the surviving features appear to continue north and northeastwards under deeper peat. Surveyed at 1:2500 with other sites on Lanacombe; divorced survey at 1:1000 scale. [2,3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Report: McDonnell, R.. 1993/4. Archaeological Survey of Exe Plain/Lanacombe. Field record numbers 56, 57.
  • <2> Technical drawing: Wilson-North, R.. 1994. Lanacombe, SS 74 SE 122/ink survey. 1:1000. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 July 1994.
  • <4> Technical drawing: Wilson-North, R.. 2005. Lanacombe: ink survey. 1:500. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <5>XY Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1040091, Extant 26 May 2021. [Mapped feature: #47234 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7735 4225 (202m by 202m)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12411
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE122
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1040091
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35607

Record last edited

May 26 2021 10:29AM


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