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Monument Number 34992

Hob Uid: 34992
Location :
Somerset
West Somerset
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7890035600
Summary : A Bronze Age barrow visible on Horsen Hill as a grass and reed covered circular stony mound measuring 22-25m in diameter. Traces of an encircling ditch are visible on the northern side. The monument has been damaged by excavation and stone robbing leaving it with a trench 3m wide and 0.4m deep cut into the west and east slopes and a hollow summit. Additional erosion is caused by sheep scrapes and peat cutting.
More information : [SS 7891 3560] Tumulus (NR) (1)

No further information. (2)

Exmoor No 19, a bowl barrow 25 paces diameter and 4 ft. high, slight hollow in centre. (3)

This is a bowl barrow and is as described by Grinsell. Published survey (1/2500) revised. (4)

Exmoor 19. Bowl barrow listed, details as Authy 3. Visited by
Grinsell 27th Sept 1961. Part of group known as "Sherdon Barrows (together with SS 73 NE 5) and so called in Chase records of 1794 and 1819 (a) (5)

A barrow, centred at SS 7891 3560, located on the summit of Horsen Hill. It consists of a grass & reed covered circular stony mound 22-25m in diameter (with a summit diameter of 13-14.5m) and 1.3m high. Traces of an encircling ditch, 4m wide and 0.2m deep, are visible especially on the northern side.

A trench, 3m wide and 0.4m deep, has been cut into the west and east slopes of the barrow. The summit is hollowed, leaving a rim of material around the crests of the barrow scarp. In addition, a narrow, zig-zagging slot, 2m wide and 0.3m deep has been cut into the summit within the hollowed area. It is clear that these features represent a combination of excavation and stone robbing, and although superficially disturbed, it is proabable that most of the fabric of the barrow remains intact. Further slight erosion is occuring in the form of sheep scrapes on the mound. (6-7)

The barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs close to the summit of Horsen Hill. Several other barrows have been identified in the area (see NMR UID 1029500 and 34995) (8).

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Rev O N B 1902 10
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Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 02-SEP-65
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : The Chase of the Wild Red Deer 1902 (Ed L J Bathurst) 221,249
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Source Number : 6
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Page(s) : 17,33
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Vol(s) : 113 (1969)
Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North W R 12-OCT-1994 RCHME Field Investigation.
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Source Number : 8
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 543/2821 (F61) 167-68 27-APR-1964
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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 : Bowl Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33011
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO6798
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NE 4
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 73 NE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-09-02
End Date : 1965-09-02
Associated Activities : RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01