MSO6255 - Bronze Age burial cairn on Dunkery Hill (Monument)


A large Bronze Age burial cairn on the northeast slope of Dunkery Hill is visible as a circular stony mound measuring 17 metres in diameter and 1.1 metres high, with a pit in the centre.

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At SS 9103 4279 is an overgrown and disturbed cairn, 0.8 metres high. [6,7] Surveyed at 1:2500. [1] (SS 9103 4279) Wootton Courtenay 4. Listed with reference to Ordnance Survey record. [2] A large cairn lies on the north-east slope of Dunkery Hill at SS 91026 42799. It comprises a circular, stony mound 17 metres in diameter and 1.1 metres high. There is some disturbance in the north-east quadrant. A pit, 2.8 metres square, with upcast around it, lies in the centre of the mound. The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor Project. [3] Round cairn on Dunkery Hill, forming part of a prehistoric round cairn cemetery. Scheduled. [4] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 0. [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 0.[9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 18 June 1965.
  • <2> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows. Part I: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. P. 25 & 43.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 March 1997.
  • <4> Index: Scheduled Monument Notification .
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK 1980 3178-9, 3233-4.
  • <6> Photograph: CAIRN AT SS 9103,4279, WOOTTON COURTENAY FROM NORTH WEST. OS65/F140/1. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <7> Photograph: CAIRN AT SS 91903,4279, WOOTTON COURTENAY FROM NORTH WEST. OS65/F140/2. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <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.



Grid reference Centred SS 9100 4280 (21m by 22m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS94SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11781
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW14
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36996
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34351

Record last edited

Jan 27 2016 2:10PM


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