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Monument Number 36318

Hob Uid: 36318
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Porlock
Grid Ref : SS8405044700
Summary : A setting of two upright and possibly one fallen stone. It is difficult to ascertain if they represent a row or a quadrilateral setting. The arrangement is believed to be of prehistoric date.
More information : SS 840447. Two standing stones were recorded immediately to the east
of a cairn (SS 84 SW 22) at the same NGR. The stones, both leaning,
are 0.3m and 0.5m high and 2.0m apart. (1)

SS 84034470. A setting of two upright and possibly one fallen stone are located on the crest of a short spur running W from the Porlock-Exford road. Situated in low heather at 375m OD this site has its views restricted to the NW by the proximity of higher ground. The underlying strata are of the Hangman Grit Series and the setting comprises sandstone slabs.

It is impossible to say whether these slabs (A & B) represent a row or the remains of a quadrilateral setting. The orientation of their long axis differ and apart from a recumbant and partly concealed slab 5.7m WNW of B, there are no other similar stones in the area. It seems very unlikely that the large ENE of the slabs was ever upright, neither socket nor hollow are visible and the presence of several similar stones further down the hill point to it being outcrop.
The two upright slabs are not aligned on the nearby cairn (SS 84 SW 22) nor any natural features in the immediate area as claimed by authority 2 (3).

Further information on the stones is in the archive

Centred at SS 84026 44704. Surveyed with GPS, 12 August 1996. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Vol(s) : 126, 1982
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Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Somerset County SMR 33964
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 03-JAN-1988, SAJ Probert.
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 12-AUG-1996
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Source : Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: a new survey for management purposes
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Source : Porlock Allotment/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
Monument Period Name : Prehistoric
Display Date : Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -500000
Monument Type : Stone Setting
Evidence : Structure

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33964
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 25225
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SW 59
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