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Monument Number 35254

Hob Uid: 35254
Location :
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7817043740
Summary : A possible Bronze Age barrow is visible as a circular mound on Hoccombe Hill, Brendon, measuring 7.3 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres high. A sub-rectangular hollow is apparent in the summit of the mound, possibly caused by excavation or robbing, or by military activity during the Second World War. It lies within the Exmoor Firing Range, and numerous impact craters are visible in the vicinity.
More information : Hoccombe Hill. SS 78114387, a possible bowl barrow found by Whybrow in May 1964, 14 paces in diameter and 1 1/2ft high. (1)

No evidence of a barrow could be found on Hoccombe Hill, an area of open peaty moorland. (2)

There is no trace of the barrow referred to by source 1 at the NGR cited. However, some 150m to the south-south-west, at SS 7817 4374, is a turf-covered stony mound, which is probably the recorded feature.
It is well defined, being 7.3m in diameter and 0.6m high, and lies in a prominent location on the southern crest of Hoccombe Hill. It is on the north edge of an area of reeds, and has been damaged by trampling and puddling on its southern side, where there is also a spread of loose stone: this damage appears to be ongoing.
A sub-rectangular hollow has been dug into the summit of the mound, and the spoil from it thrown out onto the crest of the barrow on its north side. The hollow could have been caused by robbing or excavation, but is most likely to be associated with military activity in the area during WW2. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale. (3)

The barrow described above is visible on aerial photographs as a sub-circular mound at SS 7817 4374, measuring approximately 7 metres in diameter. It lies within the Exmoor Firing Range, and nuerous impact craters can be seen in the vicinity, presumably associated with Second World War training activity. It seems likely that this activity will have damaged the monument (4).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Devon Archaeological Society proceedings
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Page(s) : 113
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Vol(s) : 28 (1970)
Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 04-SEP-74
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Source Number : 3
Source details : Wilson-North W R 26-APRIL-1994 RCHME Field Investigation.
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 540/931 3070-71 08-NOV-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 : Bowl Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 12281
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MDE1261
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SE 17
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SE 17
Start Date : 1974-09-04
End Date : 1974-09-04
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01