MSO10144 - Possible prehistoric burial cairn on Kittuck Hill (Monument)


A turf covered stony mound was noted during field survey on top of the hill. It may be a prehistoric burial cairn.

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A turf covered stony mound, SS 8165 4389, lies in an area of rough grassland and heather moor near the summit of Kittuck Hill. It is a prominent, circular feature, 4.7 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres high, with a small area of erosion on the north side exposing some stones; there is no trace of an outer ditch. The mound is most probably a cairn dating from the Bronze Age. The feature was recorded at 1:2500 scale using differential GPS as part of an archaeological survey of the Larkbarrow area. The survey was undertaken by the Exeter office of English Heritage at the request of the Exmoor National Park Authority. A client report was produced as part of the survey work and is available from the NMRC, Swindon. [1,2] N.B. This feature is recorded on Pastscape as Monument reference 974899, which originally related to Somerset HER reference PRN 33437 (MSO11132 on the Exmoor HER), c.300 metres to the northwest. The mapping of the Monarch record has been altered to suit the survey information above. The mound at SS 8165 4389 has, however, always been recorded on the Somerset HER under reference PRN 15209 (MSO10144 on the Exmoor HER). [3-5] Well-defined grassy mound (5m x 5m x 0.6m) with a stony fabric. It has suffered minor damage which has removed the turf over an area of 1.2m x 0.6m exposing the mound’s fabric although the damage does not appear to extend into this. This feature is a prehistoric cairn. [6-7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Unpublished document: JAMIESON, EJ. Field Investigators Comments. 2001, English Heritage Field Investigation.
  • <2> Report: Jamieson, E.. 2001. Larkbarrow Farm, Exmoor, Somerset.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974899.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 33437, PRN 15209.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 4 January 2017.
  • <6> Report: Morris, B.. 2014. Larkbarrow Farm, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. p. 20; ELB14(36).
  • <7>XY Digital archive: Bray, L.S.. 2014-2015. Larkbarrow, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey. p. 3; ELB14(36). [Mapped feature: #45025 Possible round cairn., ELB14(36)]
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974899, Extant 13 July 2021.



Grid reference SS 8165 4389 (point)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): ELB14(36)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW70
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974899
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 15209

Record last edited

Jul 13 2021 1:39PM


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