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


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]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <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 Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980.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 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments.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: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.



Grid reference Centred SS 7045 4005 (11m by 11m) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS74SW

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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
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1043833
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470893

Record last edited

Dec 21 2016 2:26PM


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