MSO7425 - Barrow on Doverhay Down (Monument)


A sub-circular, flat-topped earthen mound measuring 13m in diameter, possibly a Bronze Age barrow.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 8848 4519 is a sub-circular, flat-topped earthen mound. It measures about 13 m in diameter, but has a lobe-like extension, 6.5 m across, on the north-eastern side, which gives the monument a `boat-shaped' appearance. A slight embankment or lip is visible around the crest of the monument. The interpretation of this feature is unclear, but it could be described as a barrow, with conjoined smaller barrow, and given the proximity of other barrows (MSO7317) this is its most plausible interpretation. Found during field reconnaissance and surveyed with GPS. [1] The mound described above is visible on aerial photographs as a low flat-topped mound close to the summit of Doverhay Down. It appears slightly larger on aerial photographs, measuring 20 metres across. The extension described above is positioned on the north-east side of the barrow, and could well be a second, smaller barrow which has become conjoined with the larger barrow. Three other prehistoric barrows, two of which have ben dated to the Bronze Age, lie within 250 metres of this monument. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 211-12 17-APR-1979.



Grid reference SS 8847 4518 (point)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO531
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10291
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE69
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1084896
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18077

Record last edited

Jun 18 2013 3:35PM


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