MSO10903 - Bronze Age burial cairn on East Pinford (Monument)


A probable Bronze Age burial cairn is visible as a circular mound. Some of the cairn material may have been removed on its southern side.

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(SS 79634269) Hut Circle (NR). [1] Described as a hut circle. [2] SS 7962 4270. A barrow (Exmoor 24). Round barrow listed 4 paces diameter and 1 foot high, with reference to [2]. Visited 24 July 1969. [3] SS 7962 4270. Supposed hut circle. A circular stone heap 12 feet in diameter, and 1 foot high. "Probably associated with a 'Settlement' which includes a stone setting of six stones in two rows of three" (MSO6820). [4] A small grass covered stony mound 3.0 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres in height. Possibly a cairn; certainly not a hut. Grinsells attempt to associate it with the stone setting nearby is very tenuously based. Surveyed at 1:2500 on PFD. [5-7] More likely to be a cairn and 0.4 metres high. Species list. [8] "Mound" printed on Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 map. [12] A well defined, turf covered, prehistoric cairn centred at SS 7963 4269, some 45 metres southwest of a stone setting (MSO6820). The cairn is 3.5 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. Some stones are visible on the mound, and a number lie close to the edge of the feature, reminiscent, but not indicative, of a kerb. The top of the mound tapers to the south, perhaps suggesting that material has been removed from it. This cairn is of similar size and form to MSO6827. The proximity of the cairn to the stone setting (MSO6820), is significant: the association of cairns and settings has been noted elsewhere (see MSO6968). [14] Resistivity and magnetic surveys were undertaken over the mound. The former indicated that the mound had a solid core supporting its identification as a cairn while the latter showed enhanced magnetism suggestive of burning within the cairn. [15] The cairn described above is visible on aerial photographs, slightlu obscured by vegetation. It occupies a prominent position on high ground overlooking the un-named tributary of Hoccombe Water and Badgworthy Water. [16,17] The mound is depicted and labelled on 2021 MasterMap data. [18] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [19]

Sources/Archives (19)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1905.
  • <2> Article in serial: Chanter, J.F. and Worth, R.H.. 1906. The Rude Stone Monuments of Exmoor and its Borders. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. II, pp 538-552. 543.
  • <3> Article in serial: Grinsell, L V. 1969. Somerset Barrows: part 1. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 33.
  • <4> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 195.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 3 February 1975.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 33042.
  • <9> Article in serial: Burrow, I., Minnitt, S. and Murless, B.. 1982. Somerset Archaeology 1981. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 126. 69-91. 64.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3060.
  • <11> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7942.
  • <12> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1981. 1:10,000, 1981. SS74S.
  • <13> Report: McDonnell, R.. 1985. Recommendations for the Management of Archaeological Sites in the Exmoor National Park at Warren, Pinford, Tom's Hill and Hayes Allotment. 50 (site 33).
  • <14> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 June 1994.
  • <15> Report: Gillings, M., Pollard, J. + Taylor, J.. 2005. Topographic and Geophysical Survey at the Stone Settings of Tom's Hill and East Pinford, Exmoor.
  • <16> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 3110-11 (8 November 1952).
  • <17> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
  • <18>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #47219 ]
  • <19> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35225, Extant 11 May 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6821
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35225
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33042



Grid reference Centred SS 7962 4269 (9m by 9m)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Oct 13 2021 1:16PM


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