MSO11032 - Bronze Age burial cairn at Elsworthy (Monument)


An irregular spread of surface stone represents the remains of a cairn. It may have been robbed during the construction of the adjacent Porlock to Simonsbath railway trackbed.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Complex of stony banks up to 0.7m high forming a circular feature with two sub-rectangular enclosed lower levels which correspond in height to the surrounding ground surface. Difficult to distinguish between a ruined hut circle or a robbed cairn. [1] Centred at SS 8107 4111 are the remains of a cairn. It comprises an irregular spread of surface stone 11.5 metres across and 0.3 metres high. The northern and eastern part is best preserved with a well defined, curving edge. The remainder has been extensively robbed and disturbed, probably during the construction of the Porlock-Simonsbath Railway (MSO7906). [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. R McDonnell, 20 July 1983.
  • <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. 77 (site 242).
  • <3>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 17 November 1995. [Mapped feature: #47336 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974884, Extant 6 July 2021.



Grid reference SS 8107 4111 (point)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (2)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7033
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW65
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974884
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33171

Record last edited

Jul 6 2021 2:37PM


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