MSO6825 - Bronze Age bowl barrow on Great Buscombe Ridge (Monument)


A Bronze Age bowl barrow measuring 11 to 13 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres high. It has an irregular hollowed centre which may be the result of excavation and robbing. A shallow ditch is evident on the south and southwestern sides.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7671 4205, a bowl barrow 12 paces across and 2 feet high, found by Grinsell in 1961 (Exmoor No. 4). [1] This is a low bowl barrow which has been considerably disturbed at the centre. See GPs AO/65/128/7 & 8 (Stereo pair). Surveyed at 1/2500. [2] No change. Surveyed at 1/2500 on PFD at SS 7672 4199. [3] (SS 76724199) Tumulus (NR). [4] A barrow centred at SS 7672 4199 on the spine of Great Buscombe ridge at 441 metres above Ordnance Datum. It has a predominantly westerly and southerly aspect, with good visibility towards The Chains and Ashcombe Ridge respectively. The barrow is subcircular, between 11 and 13 metres in diameter (with a summit diameter of 5.8 metres) and is 0.6 metres high. It has an irregular, hollowed centre, 4.8 metres across and 0.3 metres deep, which may be the result of an excavation or robbing. The hollow appears to have been driven into the mound from the north, where it opens out through the side of the barrow. On the southern and southwestern sides are traces of a shallow ditch, 1.3 metres wide an 0.2 metres deep. It is separated from the foot of the mound by a narrow berm. The ditch is not tracable around the northern and eastern sides of the barrow due to the uneven and disturbed nature of the ground. [5] The barrow described by [5] is clearly visible on aerial photographs; however the associated ditch cannot be traced. The barrow lies in an area of extensive 19th century drainage ditches constructed by the Knight family as part of their land improvement plan, and it is likely that such activity has disturbed both the mound and ditch. [6,7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8] The feature is depicted and labelled ""Tumulus"" on the 2021 MasterMap data. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> 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. 32.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 28 June 1965.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F2, 5 February 1975.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1981. 1:10,000, 1981.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 10 May 1994.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3156-57 (11 April 1947).
  • <7> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35239, Extant 18 May 2021.
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO83
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10898
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE12
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35239
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33037



Grid reference Centred SS 7671 4199 (18m by 18m)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Record last edited

Jun 20 2022 2:02PM


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