MDE12859 - Probable Bronze Age burial cairn on Cheriton Ridge (Monument)


A probable Bronze Age burial cairn is visible as a heather covered mound.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Small circular feature approximately 150 metres west of stone setting on Cheriton Ridge. Possible hut circle. The feature's visibility is fair on the 1947 aerial photograph. [1,2] SS 74792 44303. A cairn prominently situated at about 375 metres above Ordnance Datum on the western edge of a slight plateau in the centre of Cheriton Ridge. The area is predominantly heather with a scattering of rough grass and bracken. The cairn, obviously the feature seen by McDonnell, is evident as a well-formed heather covered mound, 6 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres in maximum height. Probing revealed stone just below the surface. A small irregular hollow in the northeast quadrant may be robbing. Its situation, form and content suggest it as a prehistoric cairn. Surveyed at 1:2500. [3] This site is mentioned in the 2013 report by Hazel Riley, a field survey and synthesis of previous projects in the Hoaroak Valley, funded by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980. 4077 (April 1947).
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7444d.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 13 September 1994.
  • <4> Report: Riley, H.. 2013. Hoaroak Valley: Historic landscape survey and analysis. 29.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1044121, Extant 18 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 7479 4430 (54m by 56m)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SW/101
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18185
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20825
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW131
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1044121

Record last edited

Jan 18 2022 12:52PM


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