MMO2392 - Bronze Age cairn or post-medieval peat stand on Dure Down (Monument)


The mound is situated in a prominent position and as such may be a Bronze Age cairn or barrow. However, the monument lies close to an area of peat cutting suggesting it may be a peat stack or stand.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A large, low, subrectangular mound is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs on the southeastern edge of Dure Down summit, Exmoor. Centred at SS 7581 4119 and measuring approximately 12 metres across, the feature is situated in a prominent position on a hilltop, and as such may well be the remains of a prehistoric funerary monument or cairn. However, it also lies close to a large area of post-medieval peat cutting, and may be a peat stack or stand associated with this activity. [1,2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF 106G/UK/1501 4079-80 (13 May 1946).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #38955 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1476412, Extant 8 June 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7581 4119 (16m by 15m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE

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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE241
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1476412

Record last edited

Jun 8 2021 1:52PM


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