Porlock Allotment NE

Two upright stones. View from west (scale 1m).

Location

England Somerset Exmoor SS 8402 4470
Lat 51.1897125394035     Long -3.66099303479281

Plan of the stones and cairns at Porlock Allotment, NE. (Source: Survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:200).

Characteristics

Type: Uncertain Length: ?
No. of stones: 2 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: ?° Altitude: 373m
Upper end: – Lower end: Cairn
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View:
Context:  Stone circle, cairns, prehistoric settlement and stone row
Notes:

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Uncertain. Whilst this maybe the remains of a stone row with associated cairns and a stone setting, it is more likely that it is the much mutilated remains of a more complex setting. Future work may clarify the interpretation.

Photographs

Looking westward along the row (Scale 1m).

Looking westward along the row with the recumbent slab and cairn highlighted (Scale 1m).

West of the recumbent slab there is a single edge set slab denoted by the ranging rod and a number of other stones which may indicate the presence of a second cairn. View from west (Scale 1m).

The recumbent slab. View from west.

The nearby cairn is likely to be broadly contemporary. View from north (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SS 84543 44569. From here walk northward along the roadside verge for about 50m, then cross the road and enter the field on you left using the gateway. Head westward passing the stone circle. Best visited in the winter or spring months when the bracken is not growing.

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.


Timescale

First Published: 26th January 2018

Last Updated: 11th March 2020

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