MSO6278 - Bronze Age burial cairn on Dunkery Hill (Monument)


A large Bronze Age burial cairn on the east slopes of Dunkery Hill is visible as a stony mound measuring 18 metres in diameter and 1 metre high. It has a subcircular depression in the centre.

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Full Description

Cairn with many stones exposed 24 paces diameter and 3.5ft high (Wootton Courtenay 2). [1] Found from aerial photographs. [2] Overgrown and disturbed, 1 metre high. [3] Hollow in centre. [4] A large cairn lies on the eastern slopes of Dunkery Hill at SS 91070 42643. It comprises a circular stony mound with a heather covered outer rim, 18 metres in diameter and 1 metre high. A subcircular depression in the centre is 4.5 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres deep. The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor Project. [5] SS 9105 4264. Round cairn on Dunkery Hill, forming part of a round cairn cemetery, the centre of which lies roughly 500 metres upslope to the northwest. Scheduled. [6] This cairn has been transcribed as an earthwork from aerial photographs as part of the Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey. Centred on circa SS 9107 4264, the cairn appears slightly ovoid in shape and is up to circa 24 metres in diameter. It is one of eight cairns recorded in this area as part of the survey, although more are certainly present but not visible on the aerial photographs available. [7-9] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [11] 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. [12] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [13]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L V. 1969. Somerset Barrows: part 1. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 43.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3233 and 3234.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS94SW. 14.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 34349.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 March 1997.
  • <6> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 13/5/2003. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3177-8.
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/70380 172-3 (23 September 1970).
  • <9> Archive: Hegarty, C.. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SW. MD002186.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: 1971. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 91, September. 8686.
  • <11> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <12> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <13> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1082143, Extant 24 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO525
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11779
  • Local List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW78
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1082143
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34349



Grid reference Centred SS 9107 4264 (28m by 28m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS94SW

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Record last edited

May 24 2022 12:11PM


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