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] 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. [14]

Sources/Archives (14)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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. Various. Oral Information or 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 Unpublished document: Riley, H..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> 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.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92602 47834 (10m by 10m)
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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Aug 20 2018 2:06PM

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