MSO11484 - Middle Bronze Age barrow at Outer Alcott (Monument)


One of three Bronze Age barrows grouped together on Outer Alcott. It is a circular stony mound, 6 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. A central, well defined pit is possibly associated with World War Two activity in the area.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

One of 3 circular mounds on Outer Alcott, 5 paces diameter and 1.5 feet high with a hollow in the centre. [1] Oare 11, SS 8227 4477. 0.3 to 0.4 metres high, composed of peat and stones and probably a small bowl barrow. (See G.Ps. AO/65/175/5-8) Surveyed at 1/2500 [2,3] Plotted at SS 8231 4480 on OS 1:10,000 map rather than at SS 8227 4477 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 [2,3]. The published locations are accepted here (with [2,3]'s NGRs in brackets). Barrow 2 lies on a relatively stone free surface, which has recently been burnt off and is centred at SS 8230 4479 (SS 8227 4477). The central barrow, it is a circular stony mound, 6 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. It is less well-defined than MSO11485 but there is an abundance of surface stone, some pieces in excess of 0.5 metres long. A central, well-defined pit, 2 metres square and 0.3 metres deep, is probably associated with World War Two military activity in the area. [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 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments.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, 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 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R..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 Investigation, 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: #47370 ]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7754
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW26
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36278
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33861



Grid reference Centred SS 8230 4479 (12m by 11m)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Record last edited

Jul 12 2021 9:58PM


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