MSO8742 - Possible Bronze Age barrow on Withypool Hill (Monument)


An alleged Bronze Age barrow, noted on aerial photographs as a cropmark, could not be found during field investigation in 1995.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 8369 3425. Round mound with enclosing circular ditch, possible barrow, seen on aerial photograph. [1,2] No trace of the alleged barrow was visible at the National Grid Reference cited. [3] The mound could not be found on the ground, though vegetation may have concealed it. [4] A possible barrow of Bronze Age date is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs of 1946, at circa SS 8367 3426. The cropmarks have been interpreted as forming over a levelled mound of circa 10 metres diameter within encircling ditch of about 2 metres width. [5] The site was subject to a desk based assessment and field survey in 2017. This feature, however, was not identified during the 2017 field survey. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. 8334.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. LHL CPE/UK/1980 (April 1947).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 2 February 1995.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Bray, L.S.. 2008. Withypool Hill Site Visit.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 160G/UK/1655 (F20) 3295-6 (11 July 1946).
  • <6> Report: Passmore, A. and Dean, R.. 2018. Withypool Hill, Withypool, Exmoor Park: Results of archaeological desk-based assessment, measured and photographic survey of Withypool Stone Circle, and geophysical survey.



Grid reference Centred SS 8367 3426 (21m by 21m) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS83SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO509
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11753
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SW20
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1051704
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34321

Record last edited

Feb 27 2018 4:25PM


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