Culbone Hill

A pair of stones forming part of the stone row. View from south west.

A single stone row measuring 371m long, including at least 21 small and medium-sized stones situated on a north east facing slope originally with a sea view and an extensive view of South Wales.  The row is orientated west to east and there are several cairns in the vicinity. A “Christianised” standing stone known as the Culbone Stone stands a short distance from the upper end of the row.

Location

England Somerset Exmoor SS 83263 47388
Lat 51.21368609   Long -3.67278045

Map showing the location of Culbone Hill stone row.

Plan of Culbone Hill stone row (Source: Quinnell, N.V., 1981, 95). The nearby Culbone Stone may have originally formed part of the row but was moved to its present position in historic times.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 371m
No. of stones: 21 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 90° Altitude: 403m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns
Notes: Consists of at least 21 stones

Other Information

Public Access:  No
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Partly

Identification

Category: Plausible.  No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretion of this row.


Typology

This stone row is of Type S10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

A pair of stones forming part of the stone row. View from the permitted access path that cuts across the eastern end of the row. The stones are at SS 83494 47371. View from south west.

A pair of stones forming part of the stone row. View from the permitted access path that cuts across the eastern end of the row. The stones are at SS 83494 47371. View from west.

The nearby Culbone Stone may have originally formed part of the stone row and been “Christianised” with a carved cross when it was moved. Alternatively it may have always been a separate standing stone.

Access Information

Limited car parking is available at SS 83350 47223. Access to the row itself is not currently freely available although the nearby Culbone Stone can be visited and at least two stones are visible from the permitted path that leads across the eastern length of the row.

Access to the stone row is currently restricted.

The row is somewhere amongst this dense vegetation. Hopefully public access to the row can negotiated in the future.  It is one of the few in the whole country that does not benefit from public access.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Proceedings

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 216.


Timeline

VISITED:- 25th April 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 25th March 2019

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