Porlock Common, South West

View from north west. The two figures in the background denote the south eastern end of the alignment.

Location

England Somerset Exmoor SS 84575 44654
Lat 51.18917211   Long -3.65279938

 

Plan of Porlock Common SW stone row (Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 28m
No. of stones: 11 Size of stones: Only small
Tallest stone: 0.15m Shortest stone: 0.01m
Orientation: 127° Altitude: 412m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone circle, stone settings and cairn
Notes: Recently excavated. Only 10 of the stones were recorded during the 2018 field survey. The remaining stone was identified as a socket-hole during excavations.

Other Information

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

Identification

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


Photographs

The two largest stones forming part of this minilithic double row. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Tiny stones forming part of the stone row (Scale 1m).

The whole of this row is consists of small stones that barely protrude through the surface.

Individual Stones

Plan of Porlock Common SW stone row showing the position of the numbered stones shown below.

Stone 1

Stone 1 measures 0.18m long by 0.17m wide and stands up to 0.12m high. The stone is orientated at 117°. View from south with Stone 2 in the foreground (Scale 1m).

Stone 1. View from above.

Stone 2

Stone 2 measures 0.19m long by 0.06m wide and stands up to 0.11m high. The stone is orientated at 120°. View from north west with Stone 1 in the foreground (Scale 1m).

Stone 2. View from above.

Stone 3

Stone 3 measures 0.13m long by 0.07m wide and stands up to 0.07m high. The stone is orientated at 140°. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 3. View from above.

Stone 4

Stone 4 measures 0.12m long by 0.10m wide and stands up to 0.05m high. The stone is orientated at 20°. View from above.

Stone 5

Stone 5 measures 0.12m long by 0.05m wide and stands up to 0.02m high. The stone is orientated at 140°. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 5. View from above.

Stone 6

Stone 6 measures 0.27m long by 0.06m wide and stands up to 0.02m high. The stone is orientated at 138°. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Stone 6. View from above.

Stone 7

Stone 7 measures 0.20m long by 0.09m wide and stands up to 0.05m high. The stone is orientated at 161°. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 7. View from above.

Stone 8

Stone 8 measures 0.10m long by 0.06m wide and stands up to 0.03m high. The stone is orientated at 145°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 8. View from above.

Stone 9

Stone 9 measures 0.18m long by 0.07m wide and stands up to 0.06m high. The stone is orientated at 123°. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 9. View from above.

Stone 10

Stone 10 measures 0.10m long by 0.07m wide and stands up to 0.01m high. The stone is orientated at 140°. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 10. View from above.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SS 84543 44569. From here walk northward along the roadside verge for about 50m then veer to the right and walk up the hill for about 50m. The row is not at all obvious and may take you a while to find.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Dig Porlock Project 2013

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.

Gillings, M., 2014, ‘Excavation and Survey at Porlock Stone Circle and Stone Row, Exmoor’, Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, 158, 1-28.

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