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

Summary

Minehead Without 6. 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

'E' SS 92424803. Minehead Without 6. (also erroneously stated to be at SS 9250 4792 by NRHE). Bowl barrow 16 paces diameter, 3 feet high with large hollow in centre. Visited by Grinsell 11 September 1959. [1] 4b at 'E' SS 92414802 is a truncated bowl barrow. [2] Covered with gorse and heather, otherwise in good condition. [3] Wrongly identified by the Ordnance Survey Archaeological Division [2] and D Thackray [3] as Grinsell's Minehead Without 4b. Situated immediately to the east of MSO7657. [4] A large cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon, lies at SS 92411 48026. 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. The cairn is centred at SS9242 4802 and is as described above [5]. [10-12] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 4. [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 4. [14] The feature is depicted and is one of two labelled "Tumuli" on the 2020 MasterMap data. [15] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [16,17]

Sources/Archives (17)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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, 22 July 1965.
  • <3> Unassigned: July 1976. NT Ancient Monuments Record.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, 5 April 1984.
  • <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> Archive: Dickson, A.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133.
  • <13> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <14> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <15>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #38502 ]
  • <16> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36806, Extant 11 May 2022.
  • <17> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1121977, Extant 11 May 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92417 48028 (19m by 19m)
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
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1121977
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33807

Record last edited

May 11 2022 9:57AM

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