MEM22810 - Bronze Age cairn northwest of Dunkery Beacon (Monument)

Summary

Known as Cutcombe 5c, this is a Bronze Age cairn in the form of a small patch of tightly packed stones, approximately 2.7 metres in diameter.

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Full Description

SS 8911 4160. Cutcombe 5c, Vowles D, diameter 3 metres and height 0.3 metres. A very small cairn, seen on Vowles plan. [1,2] SS 8912 4160. Cutcombe 5c. A small cairn of tightly packed stones, mostly about 0.1 metres across. It is 2.7 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres high, the north and west sides rather straight. The stones would need levering out and consequently the cairn has withstood the ravages of visitors. Not conspicuous, it is incongruous considering the size of the other cairns in the group but may be prehistoric. Certainly its situation, below the crest, precludes use as a marker cairn. [3] Cutcombe 5c lies to the northwest of the main summit cairn (MEM22803). It comprises a small stony mound 2.7 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. [4] The five cairns on the summit of Dunkery Beacon were surveyed in August 2004 in response to a request by The National Trust to cover some of the monuments to protect them from further visitor damage. [6] The cairn was transcribed as closely as possible from aerial photographs as part of the Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey, but in spite of its size it is not clearly visible, due in part to the vegetation cover of this area and the erosion caused by visitors to the site. [7-14] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [15]

Sources/Archives (15)

  • <1> Monograph: Vowles, A.. 1939. Exmoor: Dunkery. Unknown.
  • <2> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1987. Somerset Barrows: Revisions 1971-87. Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society. 131. 23.
  • <3> Technical drawing: Quinnell, N.V.. 1987. Dunkery Beacon/ink survey . 1:1000. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. Site visit, 5 August 1987.
  • <5> Report: Cutler, G.. 2001. Dunkery Beacon: Survey of Prehistoric Burial Mounds.
  • <6> Report: Fletcher, M.. 2004. A new archaeological survey of: the summit cairns on Dunkery Beacon. English Heritage.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SS 8941/3 (15431/17) (15 May 1996).
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SS 8941/6 (15431/20) (15 May 1996).
  • <9> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SS 8941/9 (15450/13) (15 May 1996).
  • <10> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SS 8941/32-3 (24028/17-18) (9 August 2005).
  • <11> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4171-2(11 April 1947).
  • <12> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 956-7 (29 April 1973).
  • <13> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA Infra-red 2248-9 (20 April 1982).
  • <14> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185.
  • <15> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35990, Extant 8 March 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 8911 4159 (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
  • National Trust HER Record
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35990
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 15351

Record last edited

Mar 8 2022 1:56PM

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