MSO7085 - Post-medieval spoil heap on Long Holcombe (Monument)


A rectangular stony spread, aligned east to west was noted during field survey. This may represent a prehistoric cairn, but is more likely to be a spoil dump from post-medieval drainage activity.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A prehistoric cairn is recorded at SS 7696 3544. [1] At SS 7695 3544 is a rectangular stony spread, aligned east-west, and measuring 4.5 metres by 2.3 metres and 0.3 metres high. It is now marked by an area of tussocks and loose surface stone. A slight hollow has disturbed the western end, and on the north side is an amorphous scatter of stone. The feature is very similar to a nearby mound on Long Holcombe (MSO7086). The form and shape of this feature argue against it being a prehistoric cairn. It is quite clearly elongated and the composition of the mound is loose stone, which suggest that it might be of post-medieval or more recent date. Nearby drainage indicates post-medieval activity in the area. It may be a spoil dump from these operations. However, the proximity of a prehistoric standing stone (MSO6890) argues for an earlier date, and the association of stones and cairns has been noted elsewhere on Exmoor. On balance, the feature is more likely to be of post-medieval or modern date associated with improvements to Long Holcombe. Surveyed at 1:100 scale, December 1994. [2-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. 35720.
  • <2> Survey: McDonnell, R. Arch Survey of Long Holcombe for ENP 1993-4. Field record 8.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 14 December 1994.
  • <4> Technical drawing: Chapman, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 1994. Long Holcombe, SS 73 NE 37, 75-76/ink survey . 1:100. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <5> Report: Riley, H.. 2017. Archaeological Walkover Survey: Long Holcombe, Exmoor, Exmoor Mires Partnership ELH17, Project Report.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1029886, Extant 18 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12518
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE75
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1029886
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35720



Grid reference SS 7694 3543 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Record last edited

Nov 18 2021 11:53AM


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