MSO7753 - Bronze Age round barrow on South Common (Monument)

Summary

A Bronze Age round barrow is visible as a turf-covered stony mound measuring 8.7m in diameter and 1.1m high, with a rectangular pit dug into the summit.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

At SS 8048 4409 is a ditched bowl barrow (Grinsell's Oare No 7) with a hollow in the centre. It is 10 paces across by 3.5 feet high. Perhaps the 'Clannacombe Burrows' of Day and Masters map. (On Day and Masters map Clannacombe Burrows are clearly shown in Long Combe valley - see MSO7733). [1,2,3] At SS 8053 4404 is a bowl barrow 1.0 metre high. A slight ditch visible on its east side has been overlaid on the west by material that appears to have been excavated from the centre. (See GPs AO/65/175/1 & 2) Surveyed at 1:2500. [4,5,6] (SS 80524404) Tumulus (NR) [7] Centred at SS 8053 4404 is a prehistoric round barrow. It consists of a very prominent, turf covered, stony mound 8.7 metres in diameter and 1.1 metres high. A central rectangular pit 0.4 metres deep has been dug into the summit. Around the northeast side of the barrow is a ditch like hollowing which may be an original feature, or may equally be later. The barrow lies in an area of surface disturbance caused by military activity during World War Two. [8,9] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [11]

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows, Part 1: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Nat. 113. 17, 37.
  • <2> Map: Greenwood. 1822. County map of Somerset. Somerset Maps: Day & Masters 1782, Greenwood 1822. Volume 76 (1981).
  • <3> Map: Day and Masters. 1782. County map of Somerset.
  • <5> Photograph: DITCHED BOWL BARROW AT OARE FROM NORTH EAST. OS65/F175/2. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <6> Photograph: DITCHED BOWL BARROW AT OARE FROM NORTH EAST. OS65/F175/1. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. GH Pitcher, 7 July 1965.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:10000 1978.
  • <8>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 14 December 1995. [Mapped feature: #47324 ]
  • <9> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF NMR: 348 (13 May 1946).
  • <10> Report: Quinnell, N.V. and Dunn, C.J.. 1992. Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: A new survey for management purposes by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36258, Extant 22 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 8053 4404 (point)
Map sheet SS84SW
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11482
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW20
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36258
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33859

Record last edited

Jun 22 2021 4:30PM

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