MSO7082 - Bronze Age cairn in the Barle Valley (Monument)


A probable Bronze Age burial cairn is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1976. Vegetation cover is considerable upon the monument.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7786 3843 on the western side of the Barle valley are the remains of a prehistoric cairn. The feature is sub-circular and measures 7.8 metres west-east by 9 metres and averages 0.7 metres high. It is largely turf-covered, but is composed of large quartz blocks, which appear to utilize a natural outcrop. The topographic position of this feature on steep natural slopes and the method of construction are both unusual features of a prehistoric cairn, however, this is the most likely interpretation. [1,2] Due to vegetation cover, the cairn described above is difficult to identify on most aerial photographs of the area, but it is visible on those taken by Meridian Airmaps Ltd in 1976. [3,4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Survey: McDonnell, R. 1993, 1994. Archaeological Survey for Exmoor National Park. Field Record 219.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 13 December 1994.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL 76048 129 (26 June 1976).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1029857, Extant 18 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO468
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12317
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE72
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1029857
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35478



Grid reference Centred SS 7786 3843 (12m by 12m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Record last edited

Nov 18 2021 11:47AM


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