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Monument Number 36016

Hob Uid: 36016
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Cutcombe
Grid Ref : SS8828041140
Summary : Prehistoric stone setting 900m southwest of Dunkery Beacon comprising at least 7 stones all of about 0.5m in height.
More information : In an enclosed area of rough pasture, part of Codsend Moors, are two
groups of standing stones.

SS 88204117. Three post type stones 0.5m high are set upright, each
with packing stones at the base. They form a triangular pattern with
sides of 40.0m to 50.0m with no intermediate stones. Although widely
spaced they are unlikely to be either boundary or rubbing stones and
by analogy with others on Exmoor are probably of prehistoric origin.

SS 88364110. A stone setting 100.0m long, oriented WNW to E SE and
apparently the remains of a double row, the northern comprising five
stones and the southern four stones. They vary from ground level
protrusions to 0.5m in height, both posts and slabs. Other loose
blocks in the vicinity may have been displaced from the rows or may be natural `clitter'.

Both groups are set on a slight W slope.

Surveyed at 1:2500 onto Field Document. (1)

(Centred SS 88204117) Stones (NR)
(Centred SS 88364110) Stones (NR) (2)

Seven standing stones situated on sloping ground at the north end of
Codsend Moor. Six are located within enclosed land on rough pasture
which was close-cropped at the time of survey; conditions were ideal
for identifying any hidden or fallen stones. The seventh stone stands in open moorland.
Five are post-type uprights (A-E), F is a surface block and G is a
pyramidal upright.
"A" SS 8819 4120. 0.5 metres high, of rough, rectangular transverse
section c. 0.22 by 0.14 metres. This stone is leaning to the south.
"B" SS 8822 4119. 0.5 metres high, of diamond-shape transverse
section c. 0.22 by 0.14 metres.
"C" SS 8822 4114. 0.51 metres high, of squarish section but extremelyeroded. C. 0.15 metres thick.
"D" SS 8831 4121. 0.7 metres high, of roughly diamond-shape section
c. 0.35 by 0.27 metres. It has a slight lean to the east.
"E" SS 8833 4111. 0.56 metres high, of rectangular section c. 0.23 by0.14 metres. This stone leans to the south.
"F" SS 8835 4111. 0.5 metres high, of irregular section c. 0.43 by 0.3 metres. A second flat stone lies against it on the north west.
"G" SS 8841 4108. 0.55 metres high, of oval section c. 0.42 by 0.24
metres.
There are no further stones which can be directly associated with
these seven. "I" and "H" are scatters of medium and large size
surface stones, apparently natural with no obvious candidates for
inclusion in possible alignments and any number of which could be
picked to suggest an alignment: there seems little validity in the
latter exercise.
The seven stones form two loose groups; A, B and C; E, F and G; with Dapparently alone. The two groups of three are not intervisible due to a local rise in ground level between them. E, F and G form a rough
alignment. D has common visibility between the two groups.
These stones are probably the few remnants of prehistoric stone
setting(s) though the field evidence is now not sufficient to suggest
their original formations and alignments. (3)

Standing stones, Codsend Moor, SS 88354110 (4).

SS 88284114. First recorded in 1974 as a setting or double row with nine stones extending over 100m, together with a triangular setting 100m to the north-east. The pattern is now considered uncertain with only three stones of the supposed row acceptable; (see plan) E, F and G lie at SS 88364110. Stones A,B and C at SS 88204117 form the triangle, and another D, stands at SS 88314121 beyond the hedge on the north.
All are quite firm and about 0.5m high. With the exception of stone F, they are surrounded by erosion hollows.(5)

The stone which lies on open moorland (stone D) was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor Project, giving a NGR of SS 88309 41205 (6).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 28-OCT-74
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10000 1978
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 PP 25-FEB-88
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Somerset County SMR 34580
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Source Number : 5
Source : Lithic monuments within Exmoor National Park : a new survey for management purposes by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Riley H 1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Codsend Moor/ink survey
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Source : Codsend Moor Part 3/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Prehistoric, Roman
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Monument Type : Stone Setting
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34580
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SE 20
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 SE 20
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-10-28
End Date : 1974-10-28
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 SE 20
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1988-02-25
End Date : 1988-02-25