MMO109 - Clearance cairn on Shallowford Common (Monument)


A small clearance cairn is situated adjacent to a field boundary that is thought to be part of a prehistoric field system (MMO108). Previously, the features together had been erroneously interpreted as a hut circle.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

(SS 71104389) Hut Circle (NR). [1] SS 711439. A stoneheap 14 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet high: not a hut circle. [2] SS 71114389. The feature at this map reference is a small cairn 5.0 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. Surveyed at 1:2500. [4] SS 71114389. This is not a hut circle, a stone heap or a cairn. The topographical situation, on a steep slope almost on top of the Barbrook stream, precludes this feature from being a hut circle or cairn. What appears to have been misinterpreted by the previous authorities is part of the western end of a field wall, about 4m wide and 0.4m high, covered in bracken and rough grass. The wall extends up the slope to the northeast from here for some distance and appears to be part of a prehistoric or later field system extending across Shallowford Common to the north (see MMO108). [5] A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs at this location, at the western edge of the Prehistoric field system on Shallowford Common. It appears from the photograph that as well as the field wall, a clearance cairn has been constructed at this location, which has merged into the wall. [6]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 195.
  • <3> Monograph: Page, W. (editor). 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Archibald Constable and Company, Limited (London). 1. 629.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. MJ Fletcher, 9 September 1974.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 3089-90 08-NOV-1952.



Grid reference Centred SS 7111 4388 (6m by 5m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12239
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/31
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE1301
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20292
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW31
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35415

Record last edited

Jul 9 2013 11:24AM


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