MSO10921 - Prehistoric or post-medieval mound on Elsworthy (Monument)


An earthern mound identified during a field visit in 1962 has been variously suggested to be a prehistoric barrow or cairn, but may also be a post-medieval clearance mound, a spoil heap or a material dump for nearby features.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 8221 4155. Bowl barrow (Exmoor 9) 7 paces diameter and 1 foot high. Found by Grinsell 24th April 1962 after heath had been swaled. [1] A grass covered mound that may be a small bowl barrow or alternatively, a spoil heap. It is within 15 metres of 19th Century features, near field walls and and it is possible that it is the remains of a heap of material collected to build these features. It may also be a spoil heap from nearby mining activity. 0.4 metres high. Surveyed at 1:2500. [2] Low round mound 0.4 metres high and quarried into on it southwestern side. Flat irregular top and no stones showing. [3] At SS 8218 4155 is a low, circular mound, 7 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. The top of the mound has been scraped off, revealing a predominantly earthen core. The size and largely earthen construction suggests that this is probably of post-medieval date. It is most likely that it is either connected with agricultural improvement or with the proposed Porlock to Simonsbath Railway (MSO7906). [5] The mound is not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map but is shown on modern MasterMap data. [6,7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L V. 1969. Somerset Barrows: part 1. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 32.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS84SW. 8.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 33060.
  • <4> Report: McDonnell, R. 1985. Recommendations for the Management.... 71 (site 179).
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 11 December 1995.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap.



Grid reference Centred SS 8218 4154 (14m by 13m) (Surveyed)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6857
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36224
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33060

Record last edited

Jan 4 2017 10:26AM


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