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

Summary

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 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments.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XY Unpublished document: Riley, H..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.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 8277 4568 (point)
Map sheet SS84NW
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

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

Record last edited

Feb 23 2022 2:32PM

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