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Little Rowbarrow

Hob Uid: 35962
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Cutcombe, Luccombe
Grid Ref : SS8787641563
Summary : A well defined Bronze Age cairn is clearly visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs to the west of Dunkery Beacon. The mound is roughly oval in shape, measuring 19 metres on the south-west to north-east axis and 17 metres north-west to south-east. Ground investigation recorded a maximum height of 1.4 metres. There is evidence of disturbance on the west side and material from the central depression has been piled around the top.
More information : (SS 87884156) Little Rowbarrow (NR). (1)

Tumulus, known as 'Little Rowbarrows' probably composed chiefly of
stone. It has been dug into considerably in the middle. Diameter about 65ft., ht. 5ft.6in. (2)

Scheduled. (3)

Cutcombe 4. A cairn with a hollow entre. 23 paces in diameter and 4ft.6in. high. (4)

This is a cairn 15m. high. A large hole has been dug in the centre.
See G.Ps AO/65/127/1 and 2 (Stereo pair).
Published survey (25") revised. (5)

SS 87864155. Cutcombe 4. Little Rowbarrow listed as Authy 4. It is
named Little Barrow on the Tithe Map of 1840.
Cutcombe 4a. "One or two of Rowbarrows had been examined
incompletely" on 2 November 1807 (SS 84 SE 8, 9 & 10 are known as
'Rowbarrows'). (6-8)

Additional Bibliography. (9)

SS 8788 4156. Little Rowbarrow; a fairly well defined cairn situated on the top of a rounded hil at 503 metres O.D. Composed of both large and small stones, it measures 19.0 metres in diameter with a maximum height of 1.4 metres; the central depression is 4.8 metres in diameter and about 0.5 metres deep. The heather-covered sides are fairly sharply defined although there is evidence of disturbance (? excavation trench) on the west side, and material from the central depression has been piled around the top edge. A crude (? modern) 1.0 metres high cairn has been constructed on the upper east side.
There are no quarry pits near this cairn as occur with the others of the group (qv SS 84 SE 9 and 10). Visible on A.P.s (c,d). (10-12)

The cairn is as described by authority 8 and lies at SS 87876 41563. It was surveyed using GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor project (13).

The well defined Bronze Age cairn known as Little Rowbarrow is clearly visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs to the west of Dunkery Beacon, centred on circa SS 87874156. The mound is roughly oval in shape, measuring 19 metres on the south-west to north-east axis and 17 metres north-west to south-east. An irregularly shaped central depression approximately 6 metres in diameter is visible near the centre of the top of the mound. (11,14)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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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) : 123
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Vol(s) : 78, 1932
Source Number : 11
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : OS 73/109 952-3 29-APR-1973
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Source Number : 12
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : NMR SS 8741/1/1085-6 20-APR-1982
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Source Number : 13
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Riley H 28 Jan 1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 14
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : SS 8741/17 (23826/16) 19-FEB-2005
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : List Anc Mon Eng & Wales 1961 81 (M O W)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
Source details : W Somer Barrows Mss (L V Grinsell)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 21-JUN-65
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Source Number : 6
Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
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Vol(s) : 113, 1969
Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : A Tour in Quest of Genealogy ... by a Barrister 1811 136-8 (R Fenton)
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hist & Ants of Somer 2 pt II 1839 125 (W Phelps)
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Source Number : 9
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Vol(s) : 75, 1929
Source Number : 10
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 MJF 06-MAR-87
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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 : Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 48d
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33484
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO9183
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SE 8
External Cross Reference Notes :

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Relationship type : General association
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Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 SE 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-06-21
End Date : 1965-06-21
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 SE 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1987-03-06
End Date : 1987-03-06
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01