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Monument Number 36205

Hob Uid: 36205
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Oare
Grid Ref : SS8017043280
Summary : Stone setting or alignment of six or seven stones possibly forming a rectangle. However, there is evidence that the setting originally comprised three rows of three stones. The stones have been used as rubbing posts for animals.
More information : [SS 80174328] Stone Rows (NR) (1)

This comprises two rows of 3 stones each arranged in a parallelogram.
The breadth of each member points along its row and the largest stone
forms the centre of the eastern side and is 26.5" high. (2)

The stones are as described (See GP AO/65/174/8)

Surveyed at 1:2500.

They fall into the same category as other stone settings in the area,
see SS 84 SW 27 for type site. (3)

SS 802433. Stone setting on Tom's Hill. E Mold noted in 1983 that
the south west corner stone had fallen but the 2 triggers still stand. (4-5)

Listed. (6)

SS 802433. Standing stones on Manor Allotments. Scheduled. (7)

SS 80174328 Toms Hill: a setting of six, possibly seven stones. Five are upright, a sixth is fallen and a stump represents a possible seventh stone. The sixth certain stones [A to F] form slightly imperfect rectangle with a main axis NNW to SSE 17.5m long. The N short side is 7.5m, the S side 6m. However, if the stump G is part of the setting an altogether different arrangement is suggested; possibly of nine stones originally forming three rows of three in a more square plan. Two hollows, H and J, are quite close to putative positions of the eighth and ninth stones but it is not clear whether they are shell holes. All the stones are aligned with the NNW-SSE axis.

The site is below the hill crest on gently sloping ground close to a field wall, with extensive views in a wide arc from NW round to S. It is under coarse grass and heather with rushy patches.

All stones appear to be of local sedimentary rocks of the Hangman Grits series.

The setting is close to the NE fringe of an extensive prehistoric settlement and field system [SS 84 SW 36]; a field bank comes within 20m of the S and W sides. A barrow [SS 84 SW 19] lies 360m to the SE.

Past military activity has affected this site, with up to four shell holes within. One stone has fallen in recent years. Erosion holes surround three more stones and a moorland track passes close to the S side of the setting. Although scheduled the site may gradually deteriorate through sheep using the stones for rubbing posts.(8)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (J F Chanter & R Hansford Worth)
Page(s) : 542-3
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Vol(s) : 38, 1906
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Source : Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: a new survey for management purposes
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 06-JUL-65
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Thirty Exmoor Stone-Settings (Typescript) 30.09.83 3 (H Eardley-Wilmot)
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Source : Ancient Exmoor : a study of the archaeology and prehistory of Exmoor
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Source : The archaeology of Exmoor : Bideford Bay to Bridgwater
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Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE(IAM)AMs Eng 2 1978 117
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 11-JAN-1989, P Pattison.
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Source Number : 9
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Photograph supplied by Martin Walker, 23-JUN-1989.
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Source : Tom Hills/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, Stone Alignment
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33858
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 374
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 SW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-07-06
End Date : 1965-07-06