MSO7656 - 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 14 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high with a pronounced rim. It has been disturbed by robbing or excavation.

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Full Description

A truncated mound 15 paces in diameter and 2 feet high (Minehead Without 4). Visited by Grinsell 9 November 1959. [1] This is a truncated cairn. [2] A truncated cairn covered with heather and gorse. [3] The mound is 0.6 metres high and 0.9 metres across with hole in centre indicating past robbing. [4] A large cairn, part of group east of Selworthy Beacon, lies at SS 92315 48012. It was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor project. The cairn comprises a circular, stony mound, 14 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high, with a pronounced rim. The southern side appears to have been robbed. The cairn is covered with low heather, following a recent burn. Two small depressions in the northern section of the cairn suggest robbing or excavation. [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 3 September 2002. [8] 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. [11,12] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [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 3. [16]

Sources/Archives (16)

  • <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. 7, 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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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 Unpublished document: Riley, H..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. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1889, Somerset 34(3).
  • <7> 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.
  • <8> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 16/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council (16/9/2002) in HER files.
  • <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 339247/6 (15432/30) (15 May 1996).
  • <13> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <14> Photograph: TRUNCATED BOWL BARROW 4 AT SS 9233,4801, MINEHEAD WITHOUT. OS65/F180/7. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <15> Photograph: TRUNCATED BOWL BARROW NO. OS65/F180/8. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <16> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92320 48014 (16m by 16m)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO770
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11430
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7578
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW 15
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW105
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1121933
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33804

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Aug 17 2020 12:26PM

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