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Monument Number 35124

Hob Uid: 35124
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7712049170
Summary : Bronze Age barrow on Kipscombe Hill measuring 14m in diameter and 0.9m high. It has a ditch 0.2m deep and 1.3m wide visible on its northern side. A trench which is assumed to be the result of an excavation is cut into the summit.
More information : (SS 77124917) Tumulus (NR) (1)

A bowl barrow 16 paces in diameter and 4 ft high, with a hollow in
the centre, and indications of a surrounding ditch. Visited 1961. (2)

A ditched bowl barrow; overall diameter 22.0m; mound diameter 15.0m,
its height varies between 0.9m to 1.2m on the SE, partly due to
upcast. The now silted ditch 0.2m deep is clearly visible except
on the S, downhill side. Under grass; in arable.

Published 1:2500 survey revised. (3)

A barrow centred at SS 77124917 and located on the south-facing slopes of Kipscombe Hill.

It is 14m in overall diameter nad 0.9m high with a summit diameter of 9m. The mound is well defined and upstanding. A ditch 0.2m deep and 1.3m wide is visible on its upslope (northern side).

A trench, probably the result of an excavation, cut into its summit is aligned north-north-west to south-south-east, and is positioned off-centre towards the north-west; it is 5m long, 1.7m wide and 0.3m deep.

On the southern part of the barrow summit are three small upright stones. Their position on the top of the mound and the fact that they have not been mentioned by other observers suggests that they are of recent origin. Nevertheless they are well set into the ground. They area placed in a configuration forming three sides of a small rectangle 0.5m square overall. The stones very in size and height, the biggest measuring 0.3m square by 0.35m high. (4)

The bowl barrow is clearly visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of 1952 as an earthwork approximately 13 metres in diameter. The variation from the dimensions described above probably arises from poor visibility due to vegetation cover prior to the enclosure of Kipscombe Hill. Nonetheless, the large rectangular cut into the barrow is clearly visible in 1952. By 1972 the barrow appears to have been damaged by ploughing following the post-war enclosure.
Evidence for at least 4 and possibly as many as 10 mounds, possibly further barrows forming a roughly linear cemetery, can be seen as earthworks an cropmarks to the north and west of Kipscombe Hill (NMR UID 1002047, ?????????).
(5-6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : Devon Archaeological Society proceedings
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Page(s) : 116
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Vol(s) : 28 (1970)
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JWS 24-SEP-74
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North WR 25-NOV-1993 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 540/910 (F20) 3004-5 17-OCT-1952
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Source Number : 6
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/72065 013-014 15-APR-1972
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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

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 662
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NE 8
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1002047
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460836
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460841
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460849
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460861
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460867
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460869
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460879
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460884
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1460895
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 NE 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-09-24
End Date : 1974-09-24
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