Culbone Hill

Location

England Somerset Exmoor SS 83263 47388
Lat 51.21368609   Long -3.67278045

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.

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. Alternatovely 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.

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