MSO11021 - Prehistoric cairn on Swap Hill (Monument)


A cairn consists of a turf covered mound with an irregularly dug into top.

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SS 8060 4264. A low, round, flat-topped mound with stones showing in it was recorded on the western spur of Swap Hill in 1981. It is 5.0 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high, and is possibly a clearance cairn. Northwestern sides fairly steep. [1] A cairn at SS 8060 4263, is situated on the crest of the southwestern side of a short spur which projects to the northwest and the confluence of two steams. It is 40 metres northeast of a stone setting (MSO6873) and consists of a turf covered mound with diameters of 4.8 metres north to south and 4.2 metres east to west. The top 0.5 metres high is rounded and irregularly dug into. Probing indicates a high content of stones, but there is no evidence of any agricultural activity and it seems unlikely to be a clearance mound. [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, 23 July 1982.
  • <2> 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.
  • <3> 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. 54-5 (site 54).
  • <4>XY Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 11 January 1989. [Mapped feature: #47349 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36299, Extant 11 July 2021.



Grid reference SS 8060 4263 (point)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6874
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW40
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36299
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33160

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Oct 13 2021 1:17PM


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