MDE11740 - Possible Bronze Age burial cairn on Barham Hill (Monument)


A possible Bronze Age burial cairn, 8.2m in diameter and 0.9m high. A second mound was noted on aerial photographs taken in 1947, but could not be found during field investigation in 1994.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 74 NW 75 Cairn ? (SMR 48) SS 7036 4585. Two mounds seen by McDonnell [1] on air photo [2] on Barham Hill. [1,2] SS 7036 4588. This area, on the gentle western slopes below the summit of Barham Hill is in improved pastureland which has been deep ploughed. Only one mound is evident, this at SS 7036 4588. It is turf-covered, 8.2m diameter and 0.9m high, and has a solid stone content. There is a small hollow in the northeast quadrant. It may be no more than a stone clearance heap, however it is shown (unannotated) on the 1887 OS map [3] in an area of enclosed moorland. It is symmetrical and of good form and it is possible, considering the other prehistoric sites in the vicinity, that it could be a prehistoric burial cairn. Surveyed at 1:2500. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. Apr 1947 RAF/CPE/UK/1980, 3057.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1887, Devon Sheet 6(4).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation.



Grid reference Centred SS 7036 4586 (21m by 30m)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74NW/48
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 53801
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/48/1
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21530
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW75
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 926324

Record last edited

Mar 24 2018 11:13AM


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