MSO11003 - Prehistoric field clearance or boundary on Beckham (Monument)


A length of stony bank is thought to be of prehistoric date and either a length of field clearance or a field boundary.

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At SS 8044 4261 is a bank of tumbled stone forming a short irregular curve, almost at a right angle, forming a lynchet where it crosses the slope. C. 0.4 metres high, 1.6 metres to 1.2 metres wide and 26 metres long on the extreme west end of Swap Hill, recorded in 1981. Similar to banks of enclosure (MSO10999) and is probably part of a field system. There is a marked vegetational difference on the bank from the surrounding area. [1] A length of stony bank, centred at SS 8045 4262, on the western end of Swap Hill. It is 25 metres long, 1.3 metres wide and 0.3 metres high, and comprises a stony bank with some edge set stone. In general terms it follows the crest of the slope, and is presumably linear clearance or a field boundary of prehistoric date. This site was surveyed with GPS and confirmed at SS 8045 4262. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. R McDonnell, 28 July 1982.
  • <2> 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. 54 (site 51).
  • <3> 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. 63.
  • <4>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 15 December 1995. [Mapped feature: #47350 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36297, Extant 11 July 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6872
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW38
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36297
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33142



Grid reference SS 8045 4262 (point)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Record last edited

Jul 11 2021 10:19PM


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