MEM22809 - Bronze Age cairn north of Dunkery Beacon (Monument)

Summary

Known as Cutcombe 5b, this is a Bronze Age cairn in the form of a circular patch of close packed stones. Its eastern side has been destroyed by the intrusion of two large and relatively modern pits.

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Full Description

SS 89124162. Vowles C, Cutcombe 5b, north of Dunkery Beacon, diameter 17 metres. Vowles claimed traces of four concentric circles, which are shown on his plan but only one uproght stone 0.2 metres high remains. Aerial photographs taken on 20 April 1982 show the site to be enclosed within a roughly circular cropmark giving an overall diameter of around 60 metres, suggestive of a ceremonial monument or a round barrow of bell or disc type, if not the result of later activities. The circle around the site has probably since been removed by vandals. [1-4] SS 8914 4161. Cutcombe 5b. A circular patch of close packed stones immediately north of MEM22803. It has an approximate diameter of 20 metres and is flat, save for 20 metres of the northern perimeter, which is demarcated by a short but distinct scarp 0.2 metres high, and a 5 metre length of residual bank in the south east quadrant. This, of compacted stones, is 1.5 metres wide and 0.1 metres high, but is coincident with the proposed diameter. The eastern side of the cairn has been destroyed by the intrusion of two large and relatively modern pits. Vowles [5] noted four concentric circles in this cairn, and a relic of these may be a single orthostat, 0.2 metres high and tightly packed, 5 metres from the centre in the south east quadrant. The area has been used for bonfires to judge from the quantity of burnt nails scattered over it, and has been so trampled that holes resulting from the removal of stones would soon be infilled. However, the stones may have been of a size suitable for the "shelter" constructions on MEM22806. [6] Cutcombe 5b is a profoundly disturbed Bronze Age burial cairn on the northern side of the main cairn on the summit (MEM22803). It is a low flat-topped circular mound, defined by a sharp and curving slope on the northern side. To the east the rim of the cairn has been removed by quarries. The west and southern extents of the cairn are no longer traceable. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Monograph: Vowles, A. 1939. Dunkery.
  • <2> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1987. Somerset Barrows: Revisions 1971-87. Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society. 131. 13, 23 and notes for publication.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RCHM SS8941/1/1098 (20 April 1982).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA 2249 (20 April 1982).
  • <5> Monograph: Vowles, A. 1939. Dunkery.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. Site visit, 5 August 1987.
  • <7> Report: Cutler, G.. 2001. Dunkery Beacon: Survey of Prehistoric Burial Mounds.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 8914 4161 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish CUTCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MSO9187
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE14
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35990
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 15350

Record last edited

Feb 13 2015 2:01PM

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