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Lanacombe 4: a stone setting on the ENE side of Lanacombe

A Scheduled Monument in Exmoor, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1747 / 51°10'28"N

Longitude: -3.7372 / 3°44'13"W

OS Eastings: 278654.219948

OS Northings: 143151.025924

OS Grid: SS786431

Mapcode National: GBR L5.691H

Mapcode Global: VH5K0.5QMV

Entry Name: Lanacombe 4: a stone setting on the ENE side of Lanacombe

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014276

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25204

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Exmoor

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a group of three standing stones, two recumbent stones
and the archaeologically sensitive area between and around these features. It
is situated on the ENE side of the Lanacombe ridge. The stones are set out in
an apparently random manner over an area of 0.01ha. The standing stones are
between 10mm and 700mm high, 200mm to 270mm wide and 100mm to 160mm thick. One
of the stones only just protrudes through the turf.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Exmoor is the most easterly of the three main upland areas in the south
western peninsula of England. In contrast to the other two areas, Dartmoor and
Bodmin Moor, there has been no history of antiquarian research and little
excavation of its monuments. However, survey work has confirmed a comparable
richness of archaeological remains with evidence of human exploitation and
occupation from the Mesolithic period to the present day. The well-preserved
and often visible relationships between settlement sites, major land
boundaries, trackways and ceremonial and funerary monuments give insight into
successive changes in the pattern of land-use through time.
Stone settings consist of a group of standing stones set out in an irregular
or random pattern. There are a number of such sites on Exmoor where they
appear to be a regional variation of the more common stone alignments. Stone
settings are often sited close to prehistoric burial monuments, such as small
cairns and cists, and to ritual monuments, such as stone circles, and are
therefore considered to have had an important ceremonial function. Stone
settings were being constructed and used from the Late Neolithic period to the
Middle Bronze Age (c.2500-1000 BC) and provide rare evidence of ceremonial and
ritual practices during these periods. Due to their rarity and longevity as a
monument type all surviving examples are considered to be of national

The Lanacombe 4 stone setting survives well and will retain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the construction and use of the monument.
The importance of the Lanacombe 4 stone setting is enhanced by being part of a
linear group of five similar sites.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Quinnell, N V, Dunn, C J, Lithic Monuments within the Exmoor National Park: A New Survey, (1992), 45

Source: Historic England

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