MSO7159 - Burrowhead Field, north of Exton (Monument)


A field named "Burrowhead" on the Exton Tithe Map of 1838 contains an area of natural rock outcrops. Field investigation in 1997 did not reveal any traces of a Bronze Age barrow.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

[Centred SS 926 340] Burrowhead [1] No trace of a barrow on the ground or on aerial photographs. [2,3] The field name "Burrowhead" was recorded from the Exton tithe map of 1838 [1]. The field lies on a very steep, south facing slope, on the side of a combe. There is nothing to suggest a prehistoric burial mound, although at the top of the field natural rock outcrops give the appearance of a possible mound. There is a lot of animal burrowing in the area. This field is currently under pasture. [4] This area was investigated during the Brendon Hills Mapping Project. There was no sign of any man-made mound on any of the available aerial photographs. [5,6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: 1838. Exton Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 11 August 1965.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS93SW.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1997.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Dyer, C.A.D.. 1998. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment. Carolyn Dyer, 15 May 1998, Brendon Hills Mapping Project.
  • <6> Archive: Dyer, C.. 1998-1998. RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 SW. AF1133201.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36714, Extant 9 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 926 340 (284m by 218m)
Map sheet SS93SW

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Related Events/Activities (3)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO208
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11297
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SW8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36714
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33639

Record last edited

May 9 2022 10:43AM


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