MDE12637 - Bronze Age burial cairn on southern slopes of Badgworthy Hill (Monument)


A possible Bronze Age burial cairn measures 5.3 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. It has been partially robbed during the construction of a boundary wall on its south side, or by the use of the area by the military during World War Two.

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A low, circular, cairn is centred at SS 7881 4350 on the southern slopes of Badgworthy Hill, some 120 metres southeast of the rectangular building (MDE1277). It is 5.3 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high, and its centre is disturbed by a sub-rectantular hollow, with an upcast rim. The feature appears to be a prehistoric burial cairn, possibly robbed during the construction of the boundary wall to its south, or by the use of the area by the military during WW2 (see MSO7776). Several narrow slots near the cairn confirm its use during World War Two. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale. [1] The cairn described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs. It lies within an area of numerous impact craters, presumably associated with the Exmoor Firing Range (MSO7776), and was most likely damaged by this activity. [2,3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4] The cairn is depicted and labelled on the 2021 MasterMap data. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <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 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R..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/73087 679-80 (17 April 1973).
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1038413, Extant 16 June 2021.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #43115 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7880 4349 (14m by 12m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO479
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE112
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1038413

Record last edited

Jun 16 2021 1:24PM


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