MSO7086 - Post-medieval mound on Long Holcombe (Monument)


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

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A prehistoric cairn was reported by Richard McDonnell, located at SS 7698 3541. [1] At SS 7696 3543 is a largely turf covered, rectangular spread of loose stones, aligned west-east. The feature measures 4 metres by 2.6 metres and is 0.3 metres high. It is very similar to MSO7085. The date of the feature is unclear. Its shape and form argue against it being a prehistoric cairn, as does its proximity and similarity to MSO7085. It also lies in an area of surface drainage and other slight surface scoops. It may be a spoil dump associated with these features. However, its proximity to the prehistoric standing stone (MSO6890) argues for it being a prehistoric cairn. The association of stones and carins has been noted elsewhere on Exmoor. On balance, the shape and loose composition of the feature suggest that it is of post-medieval or modern date, and is most likely to be associated with the improvement of Long Holcombe. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Report: Riley, H.. 2017. Archaeological Walkover Survey: Long Holcombe, Exmoor, Exmoor Mires Partnership ELH17, Project Report.
  • <1> Survey: McDonnell, R. Arch Survey of Long Holcombe for ENP 1993-4. Field record 9.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 14 December 1994.
  • <3> Survey: Long Holcombe, SS 73 NE 37, 75-76/ink survey . 1:100. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.



Grid reference SS 7696 3543 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12519
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE76
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029890
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35721

Record last edited

May 17 2017 11:52AM


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