MSO11392 - Bronze Age barrow or cairn at Monkham Hill (Monument)


The remains of a possible Bronze Age barrow or burial cairn, visible as a circular outward facing scarp 0.4 metres high. The interior has been hollowed, probably by forestry workings.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 9892 3868. Luxborough 1a. Rim of cairn 17 paces diameter and 1.5 feet high. [1] A circle of stones at SS 9892 3868 on the 25 inch Ordnance Survey map [2] is now a circular outward facing scarp 0.4 metres high. The interior has been hollowed, probably by forestry workings, to just below ground level and reveals the scarp to be composed of loosely packed stone. It seems likely that this is the rim of a barrow or cairn though it is situated well down a steep slope. Published survey (1/2500) revised. [3] SS 98923868. Remains of a barrow, which is very difficult to find. [4] Additional bibliography. [5] The site is currently under a young forestry plantation (trees 4 metres high) and therefore inaccessible. [6] The remains of one of the two possible Bronze Age round barrows described by the previous authorities was seen as an earthwork at SS 9892 3868 and mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1947. [7,8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9] The feature is depicted on the 2022 MasterMap data and is labelled "Tumulus". [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows. Part I: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 35.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 25 August 1965.
  • <4> Article in serial: Williams, E.F.. 1978. Parish surveys in Somerset two: Luxborough. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 2. p18, 107.
  • <5> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. p193.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 18 May 1998.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/COE/UK/1980 4332 (11 April 1947).
  • <8> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NE.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36612, Extant 13 April 2022.
  • <10>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #34351 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9891 3868 (25m by 25m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO197
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7446
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE7
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36612
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33748

Record last edited

Apr 13 2022 9:36AM


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