MSO8856 - Bronze Age bowl barrow on King's Brompton Common (Monument)


A possible Bronze Age bowl barrow is visible as a circular mound about 15 metres in diamter and 0.6 metres high.

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A circular ditchless mound on King's Brompton Common at ST 0127 3396 may be a bowl barrow. It is 0.6 metres high and has a flattened top. Surveyed at 1:2500. [1] ST 0127 3396. Brompton Regis 4. Possible bowl barrow. It is a slightly squarish mound which has been mutilated. [2] (ST 0127 3396) Tumulus (NR). [3] The Bronze Age bowl barrow described by the previous authorities was seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs and measures roughly 15 metres in diameter. [4] Barrow sheduled on 28 January 2003. [6] The Bronze Age barrow survives as a circular earthen mound 12.5 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. It lies in improved pasture, and has been truncated on its southern side by a track which is also a public footpath. In addition, the summit of the barrow has been disturbed, probably by a ring feeder being placed upon it; this seems to have happened very recently. [7] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [8] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 0. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 9 August 1965.
  • <2> 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. 28.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1977. 1:10,000 ST03SW.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/70387 500-501 (25 September 1970).
  • <5> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, ST 03 SW.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 11 Nov 1998.
  • <7> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 21/2/2003. English Heritage to SMR.
  • <8> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <9> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.



Grid reference Centred ST 0126 3396 (25m by 24m)
Map sheet ST03SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO251
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11076
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 SW17
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 188481
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33373

Record last edited

Jan 3 2018 9:40AM


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