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Monument Number 35495

Hob Uid: 35495
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Lynton and Lynmouth
Grid Ref : SS7348043900
Summary : The remains of a prehistoric stone setting comprising two uprights, two possible displaced stones and two hollows which may indicate the previous locations of vanished stones. The uprights measure (B) 0.4m long, 0.32m wide and 0.1m thick and (E) 0.25m high, 0.3m wide and 0.13m thick.
More information : SS 736440. A stone setting in parallelogram with triangle
on Furzehill Common. Classified as Bronze Age by Grinsell.

Furzehill Common I SS 73484391.

The remains of a stone setting now comprising two uprights, two possible displaced stones and two `erosion holes' without stones. The whole forms an irregular polygon D-C-B-E with sides of 7.5m, 8.5m, 9m and 4.5m, with an irregular triangle B-C-A attached to the E side. This is extremely speculative. Scattered surface and earth-fast stone adds complication to the interpretation; A and D may not be genuine.

The site lies in enclosed land on a moderate, W facing slope dropping to Warcombe Water. There are extensive views down the valley to the NW and across it to the W, but otherwise its valley side location restricts views in other directions. The stones are situated in rough grass with bracken and rush patches.
The stones appear to be of local, sedimentary sandstones of the Hangman Grits series.
There are several other local prehistoric settings and a row on Furzehill Common: SS 74 SW 32, 34, 35 and 90. Two cairns exist 550m to the N: SS 74 SW 23 and 33.
Grinsell described this site as a `parallalogram with triangle': perhaps it was better preserved when he visited. The grid reference is 150m too far NE (1-2).

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

SS 7348 4390. A stone setting as described and planned at 1:100 by Pattison(2).
(Letters apply to features on 1:100 plan)

A - A partly concealed rectangular stone about, 0.4m long and 0.12m wide. It is apparently lying down so no thickness could be obtained.

B - Is a firm upright, irregular sectioned, rounded top slab, 0.4m long. 0.32m wide and 0.1m to 0.13m thick. It leans towards the SSW and is 0.35m high. A solid trigger stone is visible at its base on the S side. It is surrounded by an erosion hole, 1.5m diameter and 0.15m deep.

C - Is an oval hollow, 2.1m N/S by 1.7m wide and 0.25m deep, possibly an erosion hole from a vanished stone.

D - A triangular section of stone, at least 0.3m wide and 0.1m thick, just protruding from the turf. It is dubious.

E - A rhomboidal sectioned, rounded top slab, 0.25m high, 0.3m wide and 0.05 to 0.13m thick. It is a firm upright with a slight erosion scoop on the SW side.

F - A round hollow, 1.4m diameter 0.2m deep, probably an erosion hole of a vanished stone.
Surveyed at 1:2500 (3)















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Source : The archaeology of Exmoor : Bideford Bay to Bridgwater
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 15-DEC-1988, P Pattison.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Sainsbury I S 28-Jun-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: a new survey for management purposes
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Source : Furzehill Common I/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Later Prehistoric
Display Date : Later Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Stone Setting
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SS74SW058
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 25215
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SW 59
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SW 59
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1988-12-15
End Date : 1988-12-15