MSO11478 - Bronze Age round cairn on Stent Hill (Monument)


A Bronze Age round cairn is visible as a mutilated heather covered stony mound with a tree stump in the centre. Half of the feature has apparently been destroyed by a track cutting through it.

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SS 8386 4737 Tumuli. [1] Oare 9. At SS 8380 4737 is a bowl barrow 10 paces across by 2 1/2 feet high. The northeastern part has been worn down by a track. [2] SS 8383 4737. Small barrow 0.7 metres high. [3] Plotted and marked "tumulus" on OS 1:10,000 map at SS 8382 4740 rather than at SS 8380 4737 or SS 8384 4737 given by Grinsell and Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. [4,5] SS 8380 4739. One of two round cairns situated at about 370 metres above Ordnance Datum, in heather moorland between two coniferous plantations on a gentle northeast facing slope on Stent Hill. SS 83826 47394 Down the slope some 45 metres due east of MSO11477 is the southwestern half of a heather covered stony mound about 7.5 metres northwest to southeast by 3.5 metres and of 0.7 metres maximum height. There are the remains of a tree stump in the centre. A track cutting through the east side has destroyed any trace of this eastern half. In its present state it is impossible to confirm that this mound is a cairn but based on its situation, its similarity and its proximity to MSO11477 it is most probably the mutilated remains of a cairn.[5]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Article in serial: Grinsell, L V. 1969. Somerset Barrows: part 1. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 37.
  • <3> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 13 July 1965.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, 17 April 1984.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1975. 1:10,000 SS84NW.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1972. 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. SS 8347.
  • <7>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 22 November 1995. [Mapped feature: #46939 ]



Grid reference SS 8382 4739 (point)
Map sheet SS84NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7741
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW9
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35902
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33855

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