MDE12598 - Bronze Age burial cairn north of Hoccombe Hill (Monument)

Summary

A probable Bronze Age burial cairn measures 8 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. The centre of the summit is hollowed suggesting either excavation or robbing, or possibly disturbance during the World War II military occupation of the area.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7854 4406 are the remains of a substantial, well defined cairn. It was located during field reconnaissance. It occupies a gentle north-east facing slope on Hoccombe Hill and it is 8 metres in diameter (with a summit diameter of 4.8 metres) and 0.5 metres high. The centre of the summit is hollowed suggesting either excavation, robbing, or possibly disturbance caused during the World War II military occupation of the area (see MSO7776). Pieces of shrapnel and rocket casing are visible in the hollow, suggesting that it has been used as a convenient location for dumping such items as they are discovered from time to time. A second smaller cairn is visible some 110 metres to the northwest (MDE12800). [1] The cairn described above is visible on aerial photographs [2], slightly obscured by vegetation. It lies within an area of the Exmoor Firing Range and a number of impact craters are visible in the area, suggesting that the monument could have sustained damage during training exercises in the Second World War. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 April 1994.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 110-11 (12 March 1995).
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7853 4404 (14m by 12m)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish BRENDON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO476
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE107
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1036055

Record last edited

Jul 19 2016 3:00PM

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