Halscombe

View from the south.

A “grid type” triple stone row measuring 36.05m long, including ten medium-sized stones situated on a gentle east facing slope. The row is orientated NNE to SSW and there are a number of cairns in the vicinity.

Location

England Somerset Exmoor SS 77013 38320
Lat 51.13085752    Long -3.75910036

Map showing location of Halscombe stone row

Plan of Halscombe stone row (Source: survey at 1:500 by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Triple Length: 36.05m
No. of stones: 10 Size of stones: Only medium
Orientation: 21° Altitude: 398m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns
Notes: Called Hascombe by Burl

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 row.


Typology

This stone row is of Type T10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Individual Stones

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones.

Stone 1 measures 0.42m long by 0.15m wide stands 0.10m high and is orientated at 123°. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 measures 0.64m long by 0.29m wide stands 0.52m high and is orientated at 32°. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Stone 3 measures 0.66m long by 0.35m wide stands 0.10m high and is orientated at 55°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 measures 0.39m long by 0.28m wide stands 0.32m high and is orientated at 38°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 measures 0.38m long by 0.23m wide stands 0.43m high and is orientated at 30°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 measures 0.23m long by 0.19m wide stands 0.49m high and is orientated at 144°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 7 measures 0.41m long by 0.28m wide stands 0.33m high and is orientated at 165°. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 8 measures 0.34m square stands 0.54m high and is orientated at 103°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stones 9 and 10. Stone 9 (on the left) measures 0.57m long by 0.25m wide stands 0.05m high and is orientated at 178°. Stone 10 measures 0.60m long by 0.43m wide stands 0.23m high and is orientated at 139°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Limited car parking is available at SS 76074 38505. Taking special care walk uphill along the public highway to SS 76067 38274 and enter the moorland through the gate. Head west across the moor to the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal       PastScape     Historic Environment Record

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: 16th April 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED: 12th July 2019

LAST UPDATED: 12th July 2019

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