MSO7655 - 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 12 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres high. It has suffered some damage, probably from World War II military activity. Summary from record MSO11429: A well-preserved prehistoric cairn.

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Full Description

A bowl barrow 13 paces in diameter and 2.5 feet high with a hollow in the centre (Minehead Without 3). Visited by Grinsell 11 September 1959. [1] A disturbed bowl barrow. [2] Undisturbed bowl barrow, covered with gorse and heather. [3] Flattish mound approximately 0.6 metres high with central rise to 0.9 metres. The barrow is 12 metres in diameter. [4] A large cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon, was located by differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor project. It lies at SS 92291 48037. The cairn comprises circular grass and heather covered stony mound, 12 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres high. There is some damage to the eastern side of the mound, probably caused by the WWII activity in the area. [5] The cairn is depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map of the area. [6] Scheduling revised with new national number (was Somerset 345) on 03 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 burial cairn is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. [11,12] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 7. [13] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 7. [15]

Sources/Archives (15)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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 Unpublished document: Riley, H..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.
  • <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> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <14> Photograph: BOWL BARROW 3 AT SS 9230,4804, MINEHEAD WITHOUT. OS65/F180/5. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <15> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92296 48040 (13m by 13m)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO769
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11429
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7578
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW 15
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW104
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1121920
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33803

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:26PM

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