MSO11060 - Bronze Age burial cairn on Great Buscombe (Monument)


A small circular mound measuring approximately 5 metres in diameter is thought to represent a Bronze Age burial cairn.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Subcircular stony mound 6 metres diameter and 0.4 metres high situated on northeastern facing slope of the southern crest of Trout Hill. Its position near the high east to west ridge suggests it may be a funerary monument. [1,2] A prehistoric cairn on the northeastern slopes of Great Buscombe is visible as a turf covered stony mound 5.2 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. The surface of which is uneven suggesting disturbance, althought the mound appears intact. [3] A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the northeastern slopes of Great Buscombe, Exmoor. It measures approximately 5 metres in diameter, and is situated in a prominent position close to the summit of Great Buscombe. It most likely represents a Bronze Age funerary monument, probably a cairn. [4,5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6] The cairn is depicted and labelled on the 2021 MasterMap data. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 33199.
  • <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. 60 (site 261).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 22 June 1994.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 937-38 (29 April 1973).
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1101800, Extant 1 June 2021.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #47245 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7872 4165 (15m by 14m)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO610
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6906
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE75
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1101800
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33199

Record last edited

Jun 1 2021 10:28AM


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