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Monument Number 34495

Hob Uid: 34495
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brayford
Grid Ref : SS6931038000
Summary : The remains of two Bronze Age barrows are visible in fields north of Five Cross Way, Brayford. The first has been heavily ploughed and now survives as a spread amorphous mound. The second is better preserved and measures 21m in diameter and 0.5m high.
More information : Tumulus (NR) (TWICE) A (SS 6923800) B (SS69403800) (1)

Two bowl barrows without ditches and under grass.

A. Diameter 14.0m height 0.2m. Vague and spread with slight indications of a hollow on top.
B. Diameter 21.0m height 1.1m. Ploughed down and spread. No trace of mutilation.(2)

A third bowl barrow at SS6923799, diam 14 paces, ht 1 ft discovered by C Whybrow July 1970. Other two visited October 1959, B is scheduled, (Devon 642). (3)

A. SS69223800. A very low amorphous ground swelling is all that remains of this barrow.
B. SS69393800. A ploughed down, but otherwise undisturbed barrow 23.0m diameter and 0.7m high. No trace of a ditch.
C. SS69233799. No evidence of a barrow remains in this area.

Both fields in which the barrows lie are subject to periodic
ploughing. Published surveys 25" revised.(4)

Barrow B is centred at SS 69403801. It lies in enclosed land, which has been regularly improved, on Fullaford Down.
It is a ploughed down, smoothed, roughly circular mound between 19.5 and 21.5m in diameter, and 0.5m high. There is no indication that it has been excavated, nor is there any sign of illicit digging or disturbance.
The barrow's topographic position, on the north-east to south-west saddle of Fullaford Down, gives it an open aspect both westwards, and also to the east-south-east into an un-named combe on the north side of Silkwood Top.
Some 110m to the north-east of B, at SS 69473811, is an elongated mound about 16m in diameter and 0.3m high. It lies in the corner of the field and has been confused by farm access into the field and by a ? headland bank. The feature may represent another barrow in the group, but may equally be the result of plough build-up in the corner of the field. A confident assessment of it cannot be made.

Barrows A and C were not investigated. (4)

Barrow B is clearly visible on aerial photographs of the area, but there is no trace of A or C (5).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6' 1905
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JR 24-APR-53
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Source Number : 3
Source : Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings
Source details : L V Grinsell
Page(s) : 121
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Vol(s) : 28, 1970
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 MHB 30-JUL-73
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73087 626-27 17-APR-1973
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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 : Round Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 642
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 1977
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External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MDE978
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 63 NE 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 63 NE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1953-04-24
End Date : 1953-04-24
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 63 NE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1973-07-30
End Date : 1973-07-30
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