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Monument Number 35127

Hob Uid: 35127
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7916048820
Summary : A flat-topped mound surrounded by an internal ditch and well defined bank has been interpreted as either a prehistoric barrow or a post medieval enclosure. The former is thought to be the more likely interpretation.
More information : (SS 79164883) Hut Circle (NR) (1)

Cosgate Hill. This is shown as a hut circle on the Ordnance
Survey but Grinsell states "Resembles a small saucer barrow without
interior mound" Diam 14 paces ht 1/2 ft, enclosed by ditch 5ft wide
- overall diam 42ft. Visited Sept 1961. (2)

SS79164883. A well preserved turf-covered barrow. There is a slight
interior mound 0.2m of 'saucer' type, 7.2m across with a small
central excavation. It is surrounded by a 0.1m deep silted ditch and
0.4m high outer bank with an overall diameter of 13.5m. Published
1:2500 survey revised.

At SS 79174881 there is a flat-topped turf-covered mound of earth
and stone showing signs of central disturbance; diameter 10.5m
height 0.4m; a probable round barrow. Located during field
investigation. Surveyed at 1:2500. (3)

An alleged saucer barrow is centred at SS 79164883 on the summit of Cosgate Hill. It is a circluar feature comprising an encircling bank 13.5m in diameter, 3m wide and 0.6m high with a sharply defined internal ditch 0.5m wide and 0.2m deep. A central mound is 6.1m in diameter and 0.3m high. Its interpretation as a prehistoric saucer barrow must be questioned due to the very sharp definition of the features. It is more likely to be Post Medieval in date, although it was certainly in existance by 1889 (4). Its function is unclear. (4)

At SS 79174881 is a flat topped mound 9m in diameter and 0.4m high, and with a summit diameter of 6.8m. It appears to be an undisturbed round barrow. (5)

A turf-covered mound, SS 7916 4883, lies in an area of heather and gorse just below the summit of Cosgate Hill, at about 340m above OD. The stony mound, 7.6m in diameter and 0.3m high, is surrounded by a shallow internal ditch and a well defined earthen bank 13.7m in diameter, 2.4m wide and 0.6m high. The feature is thought most likely to be a prehistoric barrow.

A small turf-covered mound, SS 7918 4881, lies in dense gorse and heather near the sumitt of cosgate Hill, at about 340m above OD. This flat-topped stony mound is 9.2m in diameter and 0.4m high with a small depression at its centre. The feature is thought to be a possible round barrow. (6)

Both these features were recorded at 1:200 scale as part of an archaeological survey of the Cosgate Hill area. The survey was undertaken by the Exeter office of English Heritage at the request of the Exmoor National park Authority. A report was compiled as part of the survey work and is available from the NMRC, Swindon. (7)

A possible saucer barrow can be seen on aerial photographs as an earthwork on Cosgate Hill, centred approximately on SS 791488. On the clearest aerial photographs it is visible as a circular earthwork bank roughly 12 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres wide, enclosing an area circa 8.5 metres in diameter. Hints of an internal ditch and possible internal features can be seen, but not clearly enough to be transcribed from the aerial photographs. The variation from the dimensions described by the above authorities probably arises due to vegetation obscuring the site. The flat topped mound described at SS 79174881 is not clearly visible, probaly for similar reasons, and has not been transcribed. (8-9)

Sources :
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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Vol(s) : 28 (1970)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JWS 24-SEP-74
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : OS 1st ed. 25" mapping 1890, Devonshire Sheet III. 12 & 16 (parts of)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North WR 16-NOV-1993 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Jamieson E 2002. English Heritage Field Investigation
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Jamieson E 2002. Cosgate Hill, Countisbury, Devon. English Heritage Survey Report.
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4037-8 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 9
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 540/853 (F20) 4010-4011 29-AUG-1952
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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, Saucer Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Circular Enclosure
Evidence : Uncertain Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SS74NE516
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 12225
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NE 9
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 NE 9
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, COSGATE HILL
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2001-12-01
End Date : 2002-02-01
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01