MDE12835 - Bronze Age barrow north of Weirs Combe (Monument)

Summary

A small round mound, possibly a Bronze Age barrow, was noted on aerial photographs taken in 1947. The area has been ploughed and no mound was visible during field investigation in 1995.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7048 4007 A small round mound, thought to be a possible barrow, was seen by McDonnell on aerial photographs dating to 1947. [1,2] The reference falls on a gentle north facing slope north of Weirs Combe in enclosed ground which has been ploughed, reseeded and is now pasture. There is no trace of a round mound here. [3] A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs situated in a prominent position above Weir Combe, Challacombe. Centred at approximately SS 7045 4005 on a steep east-facing slope above the Combe, the mound measures approximately 7 metres across. Its precise date and function are uncertain; however, its form and location suggest it may be a Bronze Age cairn or funerary monument. The Devon County HER recorded this monument as a possible barrow, one of two in the area; however, only one is visible on aerial photographs. [4,5] The feature was not located during field survey in 2017. It was suggested the feature may have been destroyed by agricultural improvement. [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7,8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7040b.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. CPE/UK/1980/3146 (April 1947).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1 May 1995.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/2082 4103-04 (19 May 1947).
  • <5> Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <6> Report: Riley, H.. 2018. Archaeological walkover survey: Wallover Down, South Regis Common, Castle Common and Fullaford Down. Hazel Riley. p 5, 20.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1043833, Extant 17 January 2022.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1470893, Extant 17 Janaury 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7045 4005 (11m by 11m) Aerial survey
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish CHALLACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SW/71
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18155
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20795
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO2182
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW107
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW213
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1043833
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1470893

Record last edited

Jan 17 2022 9:45PM

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