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Rexy Barrow

Hob Uid: 35234
Location :
Somerset
West Somerset
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7701041950
Summary : A Bronze Age bowl barrow measuring 18m in diameter and 1.2m in height. There is no evidence for excavation or robbing althought the surface is uneven which may be due to animal erosion. There may be a silted ditch around the monument which is evident by a band of reeds. The barrow lies in an area of extensive 19th century drainage, and may have been slightly disturbed by this activity.
More information : [SS 77024196] Tumulus (NR) (1)

SS 770419 Rexy Barrow, round barrow, Little Buscombe. Scheduled. (2)

This is a large undisturbed bowl barrow (Grinsell's Exmoor No. 5) See GP AO/65/128/6
1/2500 survey revised. (3)

Rexy Barrow (NR) (4) SS 77024195. Exmoor 5. Bowl barrow 20 paces diameter 3.5 ft high. Visited by Grinsell and Charles Whybrow 22 May 1961. It is marked as Rexy Barrow on the 1 in. OS Exmoor Tourist Map 1967, which may possibly be another form of Exaborough on a 17th century name. (5)

No change. (6)

(SS 77024196) Rexy Barrow (NR) (7)

Rexy Barrow is centred at SS 7702 4196. It lies on the spine of Great Buscombe ridge at 441m above OD, and has extensive visibility to the east, and also southwards towards Ashcombe. To the north-east it has an open aspect towards Lanacombe, whilst to the north views are obscured. Westwards the peat covered plateau known as "The Chains" is visible.

The barrow is well preserved, with a diameter of 18m and a summit diameter of 11.5m). It has steep, well defined sides 1.2m in height and a flat top. There is no evidence for any excavation or robbing, although the surface of the barrow is uneven, possibly due to the passage of animal and other traffic over and around it - there are certainly marked tracks leading to the barrow from the north-east and south-south-west.

It is covered in a mixture of moor grass and reeds, and a pronounced swathe of reeds around the mound may indicate the presence of a silted ditch, although there is now no earthwork evidence for it. (8-9)

The barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a substantial mound surrounded by a crop mark ditch. It lies within an extensive area of 19th century drainage ditches constructed by the Knight family as part of their land improvement attempts, and it is not clear whether this activity has affected the monument (10).

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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 : DOE (IAM) AMs Eng 2 1978 117
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Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 01-JUL-65
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : OS 1" 1967
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Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Page(s) : 16,32
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Vol(s) : 113 (1969)
Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 MJF 09-FEB-75
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : OS 1:10000 1981
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North W R 10-MAY-1994 RCHME Field Investigation.
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Source Number : 10
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 3156-57 11-APR-1947
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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 : 33045
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO6824
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SE 11
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1476409
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SE 11
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-07-01
End Date : 1965-07-01
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SE 11
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1975-02-09
End Date : 1975-02-09
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