MSO7656 - Bronze Age burial cairn at Selworthy Beacon (Monument)

Summary

Minehead Without 4. A well preserved Bronze Age burial cairn is 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

Minehead Without 4. At SS 92334801 is a truncated mound 15 paces in diameter and 2 feet high. Visited by Grinsell 9 November 1959. [1] 4 at 'G' SS 92314801 is a truncated cairn. Surveyed at 1:2500. [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. The cairn is centred at SS 9231 4801 and is as described above [5]. [11-13] 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. [17] The feature is depicted and labelled as a cairn on the 2020 MasterMap data. [18] ('G' SS 92314801) Cairn (NR) [19] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [20,21]

Sources/Archives (21)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 22 July 1965.
  • <3> Unassigned: July 1976. NT Ancient Monuments Record.
  • <4> Report: Various. Various. Field Monument Warden Report. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1846-1899. County Series; 1st 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> Archive: Dickson, A.. 2007. 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: Palmer, R.. 1965. TRUNCATED BOWL BARROW 4 AT SS 9233,4801, MINEHEAD WITHOUT. OS65/F180/7. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <16> Photograph: Palmer, R.. 1965. TRUNCATED BOWL BARROW NO. OS65/F180/8. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <17> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <18>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #38500 ]
  • <19> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1974. 1:10,000 scale map: 1974. 1:10000.
  • <20> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36806, Extant 10 May 2022.
  • <21> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1121933, Extant 11 May 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92321 48011 (16m 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): 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
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1121933
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33804

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May 11 2022 9:19AM

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