Principal Archaeological Landscape: Setta Barrow, Five Barrows and Two Barrows complex (8)

Authority Exmoor National Park Authority
Date assigned 01 January 2011
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Location This area is a high ridge of land located on the south west side of Exmoor National Park with wide ranging views both out into the landscapes beyond the National Park boundary, and back into the Park. It lies on the Devon - Somerset county boundary. On a clear day 360 degree panoramic views are possible across to Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, Sidmouth gap and Dunkery Beacon, the highest point within Exmoor National Park. Approximately half of the PAL is located within enclosed land and half unenclosed moorland. Description of Archaeology The PAL includes at least 26 barrows. Not all of the barrows have names but some have collective group names e.g. Setta Barrow (9 barrows), Five Barrows (actually 9) and Two Barrows (actually 7). There are unnamed barrows between these groups e.g. at Kinsford Gate. The barrows are highly visible, well preserved and show a variety of constructional forms. The PAL includes the White Ladder stone row (at 420 m the longest row on Exmoor) that has a direct topographic association with the linear spread of barrows. The PAL boundary has been drawn to include the established palaeo-ecological sites at Comerslade and North Twitchen Springs, both of which are temporally associated with the significant monuments within the area. Principal significance The area is significant because of the large number of barrows represented, the preservation of the barrows and the variety of forms used in their construction. The additional presence of the White Ladder stone row and the palaeo-ecological sites at Comerslade and North Twitchen Springs make this a significant area for assessing prehistoric funerary practices.

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Grid reference Centred SS 7378 3711 (2761m by 2131m)
Map sheet SS73NW

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