MSO7323 - Possible destroyed Bronze Age barrow on Babe Hill (Monument)


A reported ploughed-out Bronze Age barrow was not visible in a smooth pasture field in 1987. The feature may, alternatively, have been a field clearance mound.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Luccombe 2. At SS 8600 4360 is a cairn 6 paces across by 1 feet high. It was reported by AD Hallam. [1] Mr Hallam says that this is probably a ploughed out barrow and is noticeable mainly as a soil mark. There are no barrows in this area which is reclaimed moorland and under grass. Several small rectangular field clearance mounds survive and it may be that Hallam saw one of these. [2,3] One of these is at SS 8580 4340. [4,5] This site is now a smooth pasture field with no trace of the features noted by the previous authorities. It must be assumed that all were destroyed in these more recent land improvements. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows. Part I: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 35.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. AD Hallam, Taunton Museum.
  • <3> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 23 June 1965.
  • <4> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor National Park Field Survey. 8534.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. LHL/CPE/UK/1980 3170 (April 1947).
  • <6> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 22 June 1987.



Grid reference SS 8596 4355 (point) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS84SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11346
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE1
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35931
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33702

Record last edited

Oct 13 2014 9:43AM


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