MDE1286 - Bronze Age burial cairn on Thornworthy Little Common (Monument)


A heather covered mound that has been interpreted as a prehistoric bowl barrow and more recently as a cairn. 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 7156 4395) 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 as a small circular mound measuring approximately 6 metres in diameter. [6,7] The 2021 MasterMap data depicts the feature and labels it as a cairn. [8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <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 Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 9 September 1974.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891, Devon 7SW.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 September 1994.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4065-66 (11 July 1946).
  • <7> Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <8>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #38872 ]
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35370, Extant 11 January 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SW/37
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12245
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20297
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO100
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW16
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35370



Grid reference Centred SS 7156 4394 (10m by 10m)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Record last edited

Jan 11 2022 4:49PM


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