MSO7662 - Bronze Age burial cairn at Selworthy Beacon (Monument)

Summary

A Bronze Age burial cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon, is visible as a mound measuring 9 metres in diameter and 0.8 metres high, with a small central depression.

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Full Description

A barrow 17 paces in diameter and 1 foot high with a hollow in the centre (Minehead Without 10). Visited by Grinsell 11 September 1959. [1] This is a truncated bowl barrow. [2] In reasonably good condition with a hollowed centre and covered with heather, bracken and gorse. [3] A flattish mound 0.45 metres high and 9 metres in diameter. No apparent disturbance. [4] Wrongly identified by the Ordnance survey Archaeolgical Division and D Thackray as Grinsell's Minehead Without 8. [5] A Bronze Age burial cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon, was recorded as part of the RCHME Exmoor project. It was surveyed using differential GPS and lies at SS 92596 47831. The cairn comprises a gorse and heather covered mound, 9 metres in diameter and 0.8 metres high, with a small central depression. [6] The cairn is depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map. [7] 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. [10] 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. [11] The cairn is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs and is described as in source [6]. [12-13] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [14] 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. [15] The site is depicted and labelled "Tumulus" on 2020 MasterMap data. [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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 6 April 1984.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 34(3).
  • <8> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 16/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council (16/9/2002) in HER files.
  • <9> 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.
  • <10> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978.
  • <11> Monograph: Barrister, A.. 1811. A Tour in Quest of Geneology, through several parts of Wales, Somersetshire, and Wiltshire. Sherwood, Neely and Jones. P. 131.
  • <12> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9247/1 (AP 1067/1) (29 May 1974).
  • <13> Archive: 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> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.
  • <16>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #46813 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92601 47832 (11m by 12m)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO776
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11438
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7578
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW111
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1123264
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33812

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Nov 16 2020 5:07PM

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