MSO7399 - Bronze Age burial cairn northeast of Joaney How (Monument)


A large Bronze Age burial cairn on the north slope of Dunkery Hill is visible as a heather covered mound measuring 18 metres in diameter and 1.1 metres high.

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Full Description

A cairn, at SS 9093 4287, measures 18 paces in diameter and 3.5 feet high (Luccombe 5). [1] The cairn is visible on aerial photographs. [2] This is a disturbed and overgrown cairn, 0.9 metres high. It is at SS9090 4286 and is listed by Grinsell as Luccombe No. 5. [3] It has been disturbed and is overgrown with heather, but it is in a good condition. [4] The cairn is marked on the 1974 Ordnance Survey map. [5] The cairn is included in the revised scheduling on 23 April 2003. [6] A large cairn lies on the north slope of Dunkery Hill, on the edge of a natural terrace in a false crest position at SS 90901 42873. It comprises a stony, heather covered mound, 18 metres in diameter and 1.1 metres high. A hollow lies to the southwest of the centre; much of the southwest quadrant is disturbed. The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor Project. [7,8] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 0. [11] The site was surveyed in April 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 0. [12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <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. P.25,35. Visited by Grinsell 8 July 1961.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3234-5 (April 1947).
  • <3> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 15 June 1965. Surveyed at 1:2500..
  • <4> Unassigned: July 1976. National Trust Record Form.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1974. 1:10,000 scale map: 1974. 1:10000.
  • <6> Unpublished document: English Heritage. Letter from English Heritage to Somerset County Council. 13 May 2003.
  • <7> Survey: RCHME. Exmoor Survey. NMR site SS 94 SW 6. 1997.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 March 1997.
  • <9> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SW. MD002186.
  • <11> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <12> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.



Grid reference Centred SS 9090 4287 (16m by 17m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS94SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO232
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11309
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW6
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36972
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33664

Record last edited

Jan 27 2016 2:35PM


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