MMO1688 - Possible Bronze Age round barrow or burial cairn on Kipscombe Hill (Monument)

Summary

A small mound, visible as an earthwork and cropmark on aerial photographs, may be the remains of a small round barrow or cairn of Bronze Age date. It may be part of a roughly linear barrow cemetery along the eastern ridge of Kipscombe Hill.

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Full Description

A roughly circular mound on Kipscombe Hill, between 8 and 11 metres in diameter, centred on circa SS 7717 4937, may be the remains of a small barrow or cairn of Bronze Age date. The mound can be seen as a low earthwork on aerial photographs of 1952 but is more apparent on photographs of 1972, as a cropmark or soilmark, the earthwork probably damaged and spread by ploughing following the enclosure of Kipscombe Hill. It is part of a group of 11 mounds visible running around the southern side of the summit of Kipscombe Hill between the 330 and 340 metre contour and along the hill's eastern ridge. If proven to be small barrows, the mounds may comprise a roughly linear cemetery, similar in arrangement if not scale, to larger cemeteries known elsewhere on Exmoor, such as the Chapman Barrows (MDE1061). [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/910 (F20) 3004-6 (17 October 1952).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 013-015 (15 April 1972).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NE. MD002168. [Mapped feature: #42841 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7717 4935 (16m by 16m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NE
Civil Parish COUNTISBURY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE80
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460895

Record last edited

Jan 6 2021 9:32AM

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