MMO2259 - Possible Bronze Age hut circle northeast of Dunkery Beacon (Monument)

Summary

A possible Bronze Age hut circle can be seen on aerial photographs as a low earthwork. It is roughly circular, with an internal diameter of just over 4 metres.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible hut circle of Bronze Age date can be seen on aerial photographs as a low earthwork, on the upper slopes of Dunkery Hill, to the north-east of Dunkery Beacon at circa SS 8922 4168. The earthwork is visible as a roughly circular earthwork bank about 1 metre in width, enclosing an internal area of just over 4 metres diameter, or almost 14 square metres. This is within the size range of the known hut circles on Exmoor, although at the smaller end of the scale. An entrance is not visible on the available aerial photographs, but a gap in the ring work may be obscured by the dense vegetation cover in this area. The monuments location on the upper slope of Dunkery Hill may appear unusual, but hut circles are known on steep slopes elsewhere on Exmoor, such as Porlock allotment. Nonetheless, further investigation of this site on the ground is required. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4171-2 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8941/3 (15431/17) (15 May 1996).
  • <3> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. 44-46.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 8922 4168 (point) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish CUTCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE137
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1473133

Record last edited

Aug 28 2014 9:12AM

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