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Monument Number 974874

Hob Uid: 974874
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS8141041380
Summary : The earthwork remains of a prehistoric cairn which is visible as a turf-covered stony mound measuring 7.6 metres by 8.4 metres by 0.4 metres high. It has been robbed at its centre, possibly to assist in the construction of the nearby railway.
More information : For details see county SMR. (1)

Centred at SS 8142 4138 is a robbed cairn. The feature, previously interpreted as a hut circle, comprises a circular, turf-covered, stony mound 7.6 m north-south by 8.4 m west-east, and 0.4 m high. The centre of the cairn has been robbed in the form of a substantial hollowing between 3.3 m and 4.4 m in diameter, and 0.5 m deep (it has therefore, removed most of the central part of the cairn to below original ground level). This operation has left only the outer rim of the cairn, which gives the superficial appearance of a ring feature.
The alleged entrance on the west-north-west (source 1) could not be found.
It seems likely that the comprehensive robbing of this feature in a remote area of moorland, is probably the result of the construction of the Porlock-Simonsbath Railway (SS 84 SW 44) close by. (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Somerset C.C. SMR 29-SEP-1986
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : WR Wilson-North 17-NOV-1995
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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

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : SOMER 33152
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SW 63
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 36303
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, NAR/SMR DATA EXCHANGE PILOT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1986-01-01
End Date : 1986-12-31