MMO3253 - Possible Bronze Age burial cairn or post-medieval clearance cairn on North Molton Ridge (Monument)

Summary

A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It may represent a prehistoric funerary monument, possibly a cairn dating to the Bronze Age or similar, or a clearance cairn associated with post-medieval enclosure.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the northern edge of North Molton Ridge. Centred at SS 7847 3301, the mound measures approximately 5.5 metres across. Its location on high ground at the head of a valley and overlooking a large tributary of the River Mole is indicative of a prehistoric funerary monument, possibly a cairn dating to the Bronze Age or similar. However, it also lies adjacent to an abandoned field boundary, and could equally be a clearance cairn associated with post-medieval enclosure in this area. Further survey is required. [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: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4246-47 (11 July 1946).
  • <2>XY Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195. [Mapped feature: #43723 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1492924, Extant 28 September 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7847 3302 (11m by 10m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73SE
Civil Parish NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE112
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1492924

Record last edited

Sep 28 2021 4:28PM

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