MSO6252 - Bronze Age Burial Cairn on Dunkery Hill (Monument)


A large Bronze Age burial cairn on Dunkery Hill is visible as a circular mound measuring 24 metres in diameter and 1.8 metres high.

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This cairn or "beacon" is not specially named. There is a considerable hole at the top in which a few bushes grow and a conical pile of stones about 3.5 feet in height can be seen on the top. The diameter of the exposed stones is about 72 feet and the cairn's height above the moor is about 6 foot. [1] The cairn is 25 paces diameter and 6.5 feet high (Wootton Courtenay 1). It is surrounded by a series of quarry pits which may have yielded part of the cairn material. [2] In good condition. [3] Scheduled under "Burial Mounds". [4] Considerable hole at the top of the pile. Conical pile of stones rise from the top, about 3.5 feet. [5] A large cairn lies on Dunkery Hill at SS 90813 42666, some 100 metres southwest of Robin How (MSO6251). It comprises a circular mound of small and medium angular stones 24 metres in diameter and 1.8 metres high. A heather covered bank 1 metre wide encloses this stony mound. Several quarry pits to the east and south supplied material for the cairn. The cairn has been disturbed in the recent past as it is now flat-topped, not as described by source 3. The evidence for this being the site of a beacon comes from the OS 25 inch First edition map [7], there is no other evidence that this was the case. The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor Project. [6] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [8] The site was surveyed in April 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 3. [9] The cairn is shown and labelled on 2020 MasterMap data. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L V. 1969. Somerset Barrows: part 1. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. P. 43.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS94SW. 4.
  • <3> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.
  • <4> Index: Ministry of Works. 1961. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales. P. 81.
  • <5> Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission. Field Monument Warden Report.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 March 1997.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1889. 1st edition map, Somerset 34.14.
  • <8> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <9> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.
  • <10>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #38305 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9081 4266 (40m by 46m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS94SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO231
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11778
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW4
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36966
  • Scheduled Monument (County Number): 51
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34348

Record last edited

Aug 5 2020 11:01AM


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