MSO9225 - Two standing stones on south facing slope of Codsend Moor (Monument)
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"2 standing stones" marked on sketch plan of field system (MSO6725).  Cutcombe 2: site of 2 standing stones 0.7 metres high, approximately 2 metres apart and orientated north to south.  Two upright stones 2 metres apart and 0.6 metres high, are probably elements of a prehistoric field wall.  SS 8664 4065 Standing stones. Two small upright stones set 2 metres apart (centre to centre) at SS 8664 4065 on a moderate south facing slope on Codsend Moor. North stone: a short pointed post of triangular shape and rectangular section 0.5 metres high, 0.3 metres wide at the base and 0.2 metres thick. It is only just embedded in the ground. South stone: of similar shape and section. 0.6 metres high, 0.3 metres wide at it's base and 0.12 metres thick. There is a slight erosion hollow 2 metres in diameter and 0.1 metres deep around all but the north-west side. Both stones are of local sandstone the south one with quartz veins. They are situated on the east edge of a field system MSO6725 in an area with scattered surface stone. There are very slight indications that some of these form a rough, straight line to both north and south from the two stones; possibly the course of a robbed wall of the field system. They appear as a pair of standing stones but are probably constructional elements of a ruined prehistoric field wall.  Both stones have suffered moderate freeze thaw damage. However both are considered to be in fair condition with slow deterioration and low vunerability.  A site consisting of two upright stones on the south facing slope of Codsend 2. The two stones are separated by roughly 3m and are approximately arranged north-south (the northernmost is Stone A, and the southernmost is Stone B). Both are situated in an area of coaxial prehistoric field systems, and the provenance of both these stones likely came from an eroded boundary. The site is slowly deteriorating due to the activity of livestock rubbing, especially on Stone B. Stone A is moving slightly within its socket, as recorded in previous surveys, but is still stable within it’s erosion hollow. Stone B possesses an enlarged hollow, which is deeper than previously recorded and the stone is becoming unstable. The remnants of broken packing stones have been dispersed by the activity of livestock, which will further destabilise the stones.  This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SMO5430 Technical drawing: Pattison, P. and Sainsbury, I.. 1987. Codsend Moor Part 1/ink survey . 1:1250. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
- <2> SSO1175 Article in serial: Fowler, MJ. 1988. The Standing Stones of Exmoor. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 132. P. 3.
- <3> SMO5658 Report: Quinnell, N.V. and Dunn, C.J.. 1992. Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: A new survey for management purposes by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 35; Site SS 84 SE96.
- <4> SMO7318 Unpublished document: Pattison, P. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 January 1990.
- <5> SEM7899 Report: Pearce, G.. 2012. A Condition Survey of Selected Standing Stone Settings on Exmoor National Park Authority Owned Land. p31-33.
- <6>XY SEM8523 Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018. MSO9225. [Mapped features: #45611 Stone A., MSO9225; #45612 Stone B., MSO9225]
- <7> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 866628, Extant 16 March 2022.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8664 4066 (13m by 12m) (2 map features)|
|Civil Parish||CUTCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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- www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=866628 (Original Monarch entry: 866628)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11602
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE96
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 866628
- Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33349
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Mar 16 2022 11:48AM
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