MDE13181 - Possible Bronze Age barrow near summit of Five Barrows Hill (Monument)


A possible Bronze Age round barrow, near the summit of Five Barrows Hill, survives as ploughed down turf covered stony mound measuring 26 metres by 18 metres and with a maximum height of 0.4 metres.

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Amidst 'five barrows' is a circular feature is just visible on aerial photographs, which could be the rim of a further destroyed barrow. However, a couple of buildings are also visible: this feature could be associated. [1, 2] This site lies within the area scheduled in August 1986. [3] SS 7318 3679 An amorphous turf covered stony mound near the summit of Five Barrows Hill. It lies some 60 metres westsouthwest of the Ordnance Survey Trig Pillar and about 490 metres above Ordnance Datum, in an area of improved pasture which is reverting to rough grass. A circular mark is visible here on aerial photography taken in 1994. [4] Probing revealed that the mound, which is about 26 metres northeast to southwest by 18 metres and some 0.4 metres at maximum height, had a significantly higher content of stone than the surrounding area. After an exceptionally dry summer the mound stood out as an area of lighter drier grass with a predominantly stony content in the northwest and a low scarp around the eastern half. The mound is surrounded by at least 9 barrows of the Scheduled 'Five Barrows' group and it may well be the ploughed down remains of a barrow. It lies on the summit area whereas its neighbour to the southeast lies on the hillslope. [5, 6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . CUC/AMN 92 (1 December 1965).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . CUC/CBO 15 (7 September 1976).
  • <3> Report: English Heritage. 1999. List of Scheduled Monuments: Devon, and the Unitary Authorities of Plymouth, and Torbay.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . 6 October 1994 AF/94, IRFC/880 Run 2, No: 0901 Exmoor 1:10000.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. English Heritage, County List of Scheduled Ancient Monuments: Devon 19 County No: 469.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 24 August 1995.



Grid reference SS 7318 3679 (point) (Surveyed)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS73NW/539
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 16794
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20425
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW47
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1050208

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Mar 18 2019 4:31PM


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