MEM23348 - Possible prehistoric cairn on Challacombe Common (Monument)

Summary

Possible prehistoric cairn which was visible as a stone topped mound during survey work in 2014. A hollow in the centre could be the result of previous excavations by the Rev. Chanter in 1905.

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This small mound was subject to survey work in 2014. It was found to measure 7 metres east-west, 6 metres north-south and is 0.2 to 0.4 metres high. A hollow in the centre could be the result of previous excavations by the Rev. Chanter in 1905, but the presence of two small upright stones on the east side suggest that this could be a prehistoric ceremonial monument, comprising a small embanked platform cairn with upright stones. This is very similar in size and form to the small mounds associated with barrow groups at Hurley Beacon, Wilmot’s Pool, Lydeard Hill and Beacon Hill on the Quantock Hills which have been interpreted as prehistoric burial cairns or ceremonial monuments. [1, 2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Metric Survey of Chapman Barrow 11: Longstone Landscape Community Archaeology Project.
  • <2> Monograph: Riley, H.. 2006. The Historic Landscape of the Quantock Hills. English Heritage.

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Location

Grid reference SS 70029 43198 (point)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish CHALLACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Record last edited

May 10 2018 9:35PM

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