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Monument Number 35059

Hob Uid: 35059
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7381038220
Summary : A stone setting of Bronze Age date comprising a double row with at least seven stones. Four of the stones are upright and form the west row, there are three fallen stones in the east row. There may be a further couple of stones but their origins within the setting are inconclusive.
More information : SS 73903815 A setting of six stones in Squallacombe form roughly a
rectangle of 45 feet NE-SW by 12 feet. The stones are between 21
inches and 28 inches long, and two, one at the E. corner and the one
in the centre of the SE side are now prostrate. The setting was
discovered by members of the North Devon Archaeological Society.
(1)

SS 73903815. In 1973 this stone setting comprised 6 stones in two
parellel rows of 3, 4 of the stones standing and 2 fallen.
It was aligned more or less north-south. In September 1982
Eardley-Wilmot noted that only the 3 western stones were standing.
The south-east corner stone was broken and fallen but the stub was
still upright. (2)

Four photographs of the stone setting supplied to the NAR (3).

Squallacombe I SS 73813822.

A stone setting comprising a double row of at least seven stones. It is orientated NNE to SSW along a contour, with four upright stones forming the W row 19.2m long, individual stones spaced 5.8m (F-E) 8.9m (E-C) and 4.6m (C-A) apart. The row is not quite straight, F being slightly out of alignment.
Three fallen stones forming the E row are probably close to their original positions (B,D and G). The stump of G is visible giving a distance here between the rows of 4.7m.
Another two subsurface stones were located along the E row. Their nature and antiquity are uncertain. They are deposited as crosses on the plan.
All the in situ stones except C are aligned across the major axis of the setting. The original layout may have been an elongated rectangle but with stones not necessarily exactly paired stones F and G for instance.
The setting lies in rush and coarse grass on a moderate E slope with clear views from NE through E to S. Like many others is situated close to a steep valley side. The remains of two other stone settings lie close by (see SS 73 NW 32,33).
The identification of four upright stones in the W row is problematic due to the fact that previous fieldworkers have noted only three (in 1973 and 1982 (2)). From an existing sketch plan it seems that stone A is the new arrival, possibly a recent insertion. The erosion hole is deep and its edges quite sharp, which suggests the possibility that it may be a hole caused by the extraction of a buried stone which was subsequently re-erected. Its different alignment in comparison to the other stones is noted above and may be significant in this context (4).

A further table with additional information on the stones is held in the archive.

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 MHB 18-JUL-67
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Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Inf Mrs J E Thorpe, Rose Cottage, Bratton Fleming
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Thirty Exmoor Stone-Settings (Typescript) 30 9 83 2 (H Eardley-Wilmot)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Exmoor Review 1974 22 (R Ingall)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Photograph supplied by Martin Walker, 23-MAY-1989.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 17-JAN-1990
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Source : Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: a new survey for management purposes
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Source : Squallacombe I/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Stone Alignment, Stone Setting
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33015
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NW 18
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 73 NW 18
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1967-07-18
End Date : 1967-07-18
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 73 NW 18
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1990-01-17
End Date : 1990-01-17