MSO11483 - Southwestern Bronze Age barrow at Outer Alcott (Monument)


One of three Bronze Age barrows grouped together on Outer Alcott, in the form of a turf covered stony mound 7 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high, with a central disturbance.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Oare 10. One of 3 circular mounds on Outer Alcott, 6 paces diameter and 1.5ft high with a hollow in the centre. [1] SS 8223 4471. Circular mound 0.3 to 0.4 metres high, composed of peat and stones. Probably a small bowl barrow. (See G.Ps. AO/65/175/5-8). Surveyed at 1/2500. [2,3] Plotted at SS 8226 4475 on OS 1:10,000 map rather than at SS 8223 4471 given by OSAD and Grinsell. [4] A group of three prehistoric barrows centred at SS 8230 4488. All have been disturbed, probably as a result of World War Two activity in the area. There is a discrepancy between the locations of the barrows on the published Ordnance Survey 1:2500 map and the National Grid References (NGRs) given by [3]. The published locations are accepted here (with [3]'s NGRs in brackets). Barrow 3 lies in heather and is centred at SS 8226 4474 (SS 8223 4471). The southwesternmost barrow is a turf covered, stony mound 7 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high, with a central disturbance. [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] Depicted and labelled as a Tumulus on the 2021 MasterMap data. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows, Part 1: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Nat. 113. 37.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS84SW. 26.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. GH Pitcher, F1, 8 July 1965.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Dennison, E.. 17.04.84. Somerset County Council staff comments.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigtaion, 11 December 1995.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36278, Extant 12 July 2021.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #47371 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 8226 4474 (11m by 11m)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7754
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW26
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36278
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33860

Record last edited

Jul 12 2021 9:59PM


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