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Monument Number 1029857

Hob Uid: 1029857
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7786038430
Summary : A turf-covered mound is visible on the eastern slopes of Little Halscombe above the River Barle. It measures 7.8m by 9m by 0.7m high, and has been interpreted as a prehistoric cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age.
More information : Centred at SS 7786 3843 on the western side of the Barle valley are the remains of a prehistoric cairn. The feature is sub-circular and measures 7.8m west-east by 9m and averages 0.7m high. It is largely turf-covered, but is composed of large quartz blocks, which appear to utilize a natural outcrop.

The topographic position of this feature on steep natural slopes and the method of construction are both unusual features of a prehistoric cairn, however, this is the most likely interpretation. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale. (1-2)

Due to vegetation cover, the cairn described above is difficult to identify on most aerial photographs of the area, but it is visible on those taken by Meridian Airmaps Ltd in 1976 (3).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : McDonnell R Archaeological Survey for Exmoor National Park 1993-4. Field Record No: 219.
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson North W R 13-DEC-1994 RCHME Field Investigation.
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : MAL 76048 129 26-JUN-1976
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35478
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO7082
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NE 72
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01