MSO6798 - Bronze Age barrow on Horsen Hill (Monument)
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[SS 7891 3560] Tumulus (NR)  SS 7891 3560 Bowl barrow, 25 paces in diameter and 1.2 metres high with a slight hollow in the centre (Exmoor 19). and surmounted by an Ordnance Survey trig point. [2,3] This is a bowl barrow and is as described by Grinsell . Published survey (1/2500) revised.  Exmoor 19. A bowl barrow is listed, details as  above. Visited by Grinsell 27th Sept 1961. This is part of group known as "Sherdon Barrows" (together with MSO6799) and was so called in Chase records of 1794 and 1819.  A barrow, centred at SS 7891 3560, is located on the summit of Horsen Hill. It consists of a grass and reed covered circular stony mound 22 to 25 metres in diameter (with a summit diameter of 13 to 14.5 metres) and 1.3 metres high. Traces of an encircling ditch, 4 metres wide and 0.2 metres deep, are visible especially on the northern side. A trench, 3 metres wide and 0.4 metres deep, has been cut into the west and east slopes of the barrow. The summit is hollowed, leaving a rim of material around the crests of the barrow scarp. In addition, a narrow, zig-zagging slot, 2 metres wide and 0.3 metres deep has been cut into the summit within the hollowed area. It is clear that these features represent a combination of excavation and stone robbing, and although superficially disturbed, it is proabable that most of the fabric of the barrow remains intact. Further slight erosion is occuring in the form of sheep scrapes on the mound. [8,9] The barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs close to the summit of Horsen Hill. Several other barrows have been identified in the area (see MSO7051, MMO457 and MSO6799).  No further information.  A large, circular mound 25m in diameter and 1.3m high lies on the summit of Horsen Hill. Slight traces of a ditch are visible to the north of the mound. This is a reed filled hollow, 4m wide and less than 0.25m deep. This is one of three Bronze Age funerary monuments on the summit of Horsen Hill. A rectangular trench cut into the western side of the barrow is the remains of an unrecorded excavation.  This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project.  The site is depicted on the 2021 MasterMap data. 
- <1> SEM7220 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
- <2> SEM7441 Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card. Site SS73NE4, 1965.
- <3> SEM7674 Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows, Part 1: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Nat. 113. 33.
- <4> SMO4067 Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . LHL CPE/UK/1980/4369.
- <5> SEM7406 Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7835.
- <6> SMO7316 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey vist, 2 September 1965.
- <7> SSO880 Monograph: Collyns, C.P. 1902. The Chase of the Wild Red Deer. 221, 249 (ed L J Bathurst).
- <8> SMO4109 Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 113 (1969), 17, 33.
- <9> SMO7329 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 October 1994.
- <10> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F61) 167-68 (27 April 1964 ) RAF 543/2821 (F61) 167-68 (27 April 1964).
- <11> SMO7573 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.
- <12> SEM7708 Unassigned: Hancock, F.. 1902. REV Object Name Book. 10.
- <13> SEM8302 Report: Riley, H.. 2016. Archaeological walkover survey: Horsen, Exmoor. 6.
- <14> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34992, Extant 16 November 2021.
- <15>XY SEM340794 Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #40666 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7890 3560 (35m by 35m)|
|Civil Parish||EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=34992 (Original Monarch entry: 34992)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO45
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10873
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE4
- National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34992
- Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33011
Record last edited
Nov 16 2021 2:38PM
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