Furzehill Common 2

The tallest stone in the row. View from south east (Scale 1m).

A single stone row measuring 14.5m long, including three small and medium-sized stones situated on a ridge. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and there are large numbers of stone rows, settings and cairns in the vicinity.

Location

England Devon Exmoor SS 73730 44234
Lat 51.18330257   Long -3.80807282

Map showing the location of Furzehill Common 2 stone row.

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Plan of the Furzehill Common 2 stone row. (From Chanter & Worth, 1906, Plate VII Fig 1).

Map showing the position of Furzehill Common 2, other stone rows and other sites around Furzehill Common (Source: Exmoor National Park HER). 

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 14.5m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 62° Altitude: 368m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignments
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

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


Typology

This stone row is of Type S1. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

Copyright: Martyn Copcutt. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

The western stone measures 0.16m long by 0.12m wide, stands 0.40m high and is orientated at 134°. View from south east (Scale 1m).

The middle stone measures 0.20m long by 0.16m wide, stands 0.05m high and is orientated at 154°. This may represent a packing stone. View from east (Scale 1m).

The eastern stone lies in a waterlogged pit and is partly or largely covered with turf. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Landscape Comment

From the stone row Holdstone Hill and Trentishoe Down are visible are prominent hills at the limit of visibility. Clearly it is not possible to be certain that the row was positioned to provide this view but it may have been part of the reason for selecting this spot. View towards the north west from the row. 

Access Information

This row can be reached either by walking from Brendon Two Gates (SS 76507 43252) which takes you past the rows on Cheriton Ridge or from Shallowford (SS 71409 44955) which avoids a couple of steep climbs.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Transactions Devonshire Association

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. 215.

Chanter, J.F. and Worth, R.H., 1906, ‘The rude stone monuments of Exmoor and its Borders Part II’, Trans. Devonshire Association, 38, 544-545.


Timeline

VISITED:- 28th April 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020

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