MSO7659 - Bronze Age burial cairn at Selworthy Beacon (Monument)


A Bronze Age burial cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon, is visible as a stony mound measuring 8.4 metres by 11.2 metres and 0.5 metres high. It has been damaged by World War Two military activity. Summary from record MSO11434: A small prehistoric cairn with evidence of distrurbance during WW2.

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A barrow approximately 7 paces in diameter and 1 foott high (Minehead Without 7). Visited by Grinsell 11 September 1959. [1] Small low heather covered mound, a rather doubtful barrow. [2] A 'rather doubtful bowl barrow' covered with heather and gorse. [3] The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor project. It comprises a stony mound, 8.4 metres north to south, 11.2 metres east to west and 0.5 metres high. The southern side of the mound has been damaged by World War Two activity. [4] Monument scheduled on 3 September 2002. [5] SS 925 479. Group of Cairns East of Selworthy Beacon. Scheduled. [6] 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. [7] It was not possible to identify the cairn on the available photography. This is probably due to the slight nature of the mound. [9] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [10] 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. [11]

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <5> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 16/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council (16/9/2002) in HER files.
  • <6> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978.
  • <7> Monograph: Barrister, A.. 1811. A Tour in Quest of Geneology, through several parts of Wales, Somersetshire, and Wiltshire. Sherwood, Neely and Jones. P. 131.
  • <8> Article in serial: Osborn, B.. 1983. Parish surveys in Somerset five: Minehead Without. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 5. 20.
  • <9> Verbal communication: Dickson, Amanda D. 2007-2009. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment (Severn Estuary NMP). Amanda Dickson.
  • <10> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <11> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.



Grid reference Centred SS 92414 47974 (9m by 9m)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO773
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11434
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7578
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW108
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1122116
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33808

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:26PM


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