MSO7654 - Bronze Age burial cairn at Selworthy Beacon (Monument)

Summary

A well preserved Bronze Age burial cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon, visible as a stony mound measuring 13 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres high, with a central depression.

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Full Description

A bowl barrow 13 paces in diameter and 3.5 feet high with hollow in centre. Visited by Grinsell 11 September 1959. [1] The barrow is disturbed. [2] It has a slight hollow in the centre and is covered with turf, gorse and heather. [3] The mound is 1.2 metres high and 12 metres in diameter. It is somewhat elongated but undisturbed. [4] The cain was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor project. It is located at SS 92167 48033 and comprises a circular, stony mound, 13 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres high. A central depression is 2.2 metres long and 0.5 metres deep. [5] The cairn is depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition map of the area. [6] Scheduling revised with new national number (was Somerset 345) on 3 September 2002. [7] SS 925 479. Group of Cairns East of Selworthy Beacon. Scheduled. [9] Of the group of 11 cairns on the ridge of Selworthy Beacon, 2 or 3 were open in 1807 by Richard Fenton. Only charcoal was recovered. [10] The cairn is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. [11-13] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 8. [14] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 8. [17] The feature is depicted and described as a Tumulus on 2020 MasterMap data. [18]

Sources/Archives (18)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L V. 1969. Somerset Barrows: part 1. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. P. 36.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 22 July 1965.
  • <3> Unassigned: July 1976. NT Ancient Monuments Record.
  • <4> Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission. Field Monument Warden Report.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 34(3).
  • <7> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 16/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council (16/9/2002) in HER files.
  • <8> Article in serial: Osborn, B.. 1983. Parish surveys in Somerset five: Minehead Without. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 5. P. 20.
  • <9> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978. P. 117.
  • <10> Monograph: Barrister, A.. 1811. A Tour in Quest of Geneology, through several parts of Wales, Somersetshire, and Wiltshire. Sherwood, Neely and Jones. P. 131.
  • <11> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9247/2 (AP 1067/2) (29 May 1974).
  • <12> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR 9247/6 (15432/30) (15 May 1996).
  • <13> Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133.
  • <14> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <15> Photograph: PROBABLE BARROW 2 AT SS 9218,4803, MINEHEAD WITHOUT. OS65/F180/3. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <16> Photograph: BOWL BARROW 2 AT SS 9218,4803, MINEHEAD WITHOUT. OS65/F180/4. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <17> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.
  • <18>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #38498 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92175 48042 (17m by 17m)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO768
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11428
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7578
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW 15
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW103
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1121911
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33802

Record last edited

Nov 17 2020 1:34PM

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