MSO7749 - Bronze Age burial cairn on Mill Hill (Monument)


A Bronze Age burial cairn on the top of a flat saddle ridge, visible as a small heather covered stony mound 6 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 82764568. Oare 5. Cairn 8 paces diameter and 2 feet high, found by Grinsell 25th April 1962 on recently swaled heath. [1] SS 8276 4567. A cairn, visible as a small heather-covered stony mound, 6m in diameter and 0.5m maximum height, situated about 385 metres above OD on the top of a flat saddle ridge. There is a small tussocky mound near its centre but otherwise it appears intact. Its solid appearance and prominent isolated position on the ridge suggest that it is almost certainly a prehistoric burial cairn (position fixed at 1:10000 by compass, to be confirmed by GPS survey). [2] A small cairn lies in a saddle of land close to the summit of Mill Hill at SS 8277 4568. The cairn comprises a rather spread, circular mound, some 6 metres in diameter and 0.75 metres high. The mound is turf and heather covered and has a high stone content. The mound appears to be a small prehistoric burial cairn: its location and size support this. The cairn was recorded using differential GPS as part of an English Heritage survey of Mill Hill for the ENPA. [3,4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows, Part 1: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Nat. 113. 36.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 November 1995.
  • <3> Report: Riley, H.. 2003. Mill Hill, Oare, Somerset. English Heritage.
  • <4>XY Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. English Heritage Field Investigation, 2003. [Mapped feature: #46937 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35928, Extant 22 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7749
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW21
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35928
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33878



Grid reference SS 8277 4568 (point)
Map sheet SS84NW

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Record last edited

Feb 23 2022 2:32PM


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