The Longstone Landscape of Exmoor

The Longstone Landscape is named after the Longstone, the tallest prehistoric standing stone on Exmoor. The landscape around the Longstone contains extensive archaeological remains dating from the Neolithic (5000 years ago) until recent times. Aside from the Longstone, the Chapman Barrows, a linear barrow cemetery, demonstrates the significance this landscape had for Exmoor’s Bronze Age people. A group of standing stones known as the quincunx, due to its arrangement of five stones, is also found within this area. Nearby a long enclosure, possibly dating to the Neolithic period, suggests the importance of this area even before the first Bronze Age barrow builders. Occupation of a farmstead at Radworthy, on the Challacombe side of the Chapman Barrows may have begun before the Norman Conquest and continued into the post-medieval period. The Chapman Barrows complex and Radworthy are two of Exmoor’s Principal Archaeological Landscapes (PALs) (No’s 3 and 4), designated for their exceptional preservation of archaeological remains.

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