MSO7031 - Burial Cairn, Elsworthy (Monument)

Summary

The remains of a robbed Bronze Age burial cairn, visible as a turf covered stony mound, measures 7.6 metres by 8.4 metres by 0.4 metres high. It has been robbed at its centre, possibly during the construction of the nearby Porlock-Simonsbath railway.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A stony bank forming a sub circular hut wall, 1.8 metres wide and up to 0.5 metres high, is located at Elsworthy. The entrance is to the westnorthwest. It is 7.7 metres in diameter. There is a small stony mound to the southeast. (1) There are two further round mounds to the northeast. (2) Centred at SS 8142 4138 is a robbed cairn. The feature, previously interpreted as a hut circle, comprises a circular, turf covered, stony mound 7.6 metres north-south by 8.4 metres west-east, and 0.4 metres high. The centre of the cairn has been robbed in the form of a substantial hollowing between 3.3 metres and 4.4 metres in diameter, and 0.5 metres deep (it has therefore, removed most of the central part of the cairn to below original ground level). This operation has left only the outer rim of the cairn, which gives the superficial appearance of a ring feature. The alleged entrance on the westnorthwest could not be found. It seems likely that the comprehensive robbing of this feature in a remote area of moorland, is probably the result of the construction of the Porlock-Simonsbath Railway (MSO7906) close by. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor National Park Field Survey. McDonnell, R. 11/11/1982.
  • <2> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor National Park Field Survey. McDonnell, R. 29/11/1982.
  • <3> Report: McDonnell, R.. 1985. Recommendations for the Management of Archaeological Sites in the Exmoor National Park at Warren, Pinford, Tom's Hill and Hayes Allotment. P.71 (site 180).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Wilson-North, R. 17/11/1995.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 8142 4137 (point) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS84SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11013
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW63
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 974874
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33152

Record last edited

Apr 3 2013 11:50AM

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