MSO7658 - Bronze Age burial cairn at Selworthy Beacon (Monument)

Summary

A large Bronze Age burial cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon,is visible as a mound measuring 18 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high, with a central depression.

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Full Description

A bowl barrow 16 paces in diameter and 3 feet high (Minehead Without 6) with a large hollow in the centre. Visited by Grinsell 11 September 1959. [1] This is a truncated bowl barrow. [2] Covered with gorse and heather, otherwise in good condition. [3] Wrongly identified by the Ordnance Survey Archaeological Division and D Thackray as Grinsell's Minehead Without 4b. Situated immediately to the east of MSO7657. [4] The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor project. It comprises a large, circular mound, 18 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high which is covered in heather and gorse and contains two depressions. A pronounced circular depression, 6.5 metres in diameter and 1 metre deep lies in the northern side; a smaller depression lies in the southern side. These may have been caused by excavation or stone robbing. [5] Monument scheduled on 3 September 2002. [6] SS 925 479. Group of Cairns East of Selworthy Beacon. Scheduled. [8] 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. [9] The cairn is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. [10,11] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 4. [12] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 4. [13]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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> Unassigned: Dennison, E, Somerset County Council. 05.04.84. Staff comments.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <6> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 16/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council (16/9/2002) in HER files.
  • <7> Article in serial: Osborn, B.. 1983. Parish surveys in Somerset five: Minehead Without. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 5. 20.
  • <8> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978.
  • <9> Monograph: Barrister, A.. 1811. A Tour in Quest of Geneology, through several parts of Wales, Somersetshire, and Wiltshire. Sherwood, Neely and Jones. P. 131.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9247/2 (AP 1067/2) (29 May 1974).
  • <11> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9247/7 (15449/17) (15 May 1996).
  • <12> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <13> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92418 48030 (19m by 18m)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO772
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11433
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7578
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW107
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1121977
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33807

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Aug 17 2020 12:26PM

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