MMO2183 - Bronze Age barrow or burial cairn on South Regis Common (Monument)


A small circular mound visible on aerial photographs was interpreted as a Bronze Age cairn or funerary monument; however, it was not found during field investigation in 2017 and was suggested to be a misinterpretation of peat cutting.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs on South Regis Common, Challacombe. Centred at SS 7101 4038 on false crest above an unnamed tributary of Old Close Bottom, the mound measures approximately 11 metres in diameter. Its form and position in such a prominent location indicate that it may be a Bronze Age cairn or funerary monument. A second Bronze Age barrow is visible 200 metres to the southeast on Shoulsbarrow Common. [1,2] The feature was not located during field survey in 2017. It was suggested to be a misinterpretation of disused peat cutting (MEM25061). [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 3045-46 (13 May 1946).
  • <2>XY Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #43425 ]
  • <3> Report: Riley, H.. 2018. Archaeological walkover survey: Wallover Down, South Regis Common, Castle Common and Fullaford Down. Hazel Riley. p 5, 19.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1470898, Extant 19 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 7101 4038 (14m by 14m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SW

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (2)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW214
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1470898

Record last edited

Jan 19 2022 9:59AM


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