MDE1286 - Burial Cairn on Thornworthy Little Common (Monument)


A heather-covered mound at Thornworthy Little Common which has been interpreted as a prehistoric bowl barrow and more recently as a cairn. The monument measures 6.5m in diameter and 0.3m in height. It is apparently undisturbed, and most likely dates to the Bronze Age.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

(SS 71564395) Tumulus (NR). (1) Thornworthy Little Common, a bowl barrow 7 paces in diameter and 1 foot high. (2) A heather-covered bowl barrow 7.8 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres high. Resurveyed at 1:2500. (3) SS 7156543949. A cairn 6.5m in diameter and 1m maximum height. Shown on the 1891 map (4) annotated `Tumulus'. This cairn is evident as a heather-covered mound prominently situated, at about 375 metres above ordnance datum on a gentle north-facing slope to the east of the marshy headwaters of a stream. It has extensive views to the north and west, is well-formed and apparently undisturbed, and probing revealed a stone content, all suggesting that it is most probably a prehistoric burial cairn. Surveyed at 1:2500. (5) The cairn is clearly visible on aerial photographs (6) as a small circular mound measuring approximately 6 metres in diameter. (7)

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560. OS 6" 1962.
  • <2> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. P. 123.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. F1 Fletcher, M. J. 09/09/1974.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. Devon Sheet 7 SW.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Sainsbury, I. S. 08/09/1994.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4065-66. 11/07/1946.
  • <7> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.



Grid reference Centred SS 7156 4395 (10m by 10m)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS 74 SW 37
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12245
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20297
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO100
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW16
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35370

Record last edited

Jun 19 2012 9:42AM


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