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Cairn 280m south of Triscombe Stone

A Scheduled Monument in West Bagborough, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1137 / 51°6'49"N

Longitude: -3.1953 / 3°11'43"W

OS Eastings: 316424.553931

OS Northings: 135616.830909

OS Grid: ST164356

Mapcode National: GBR LX.B29F

Mapcode Global: VH6H4.K8MK

Entry Name: Cairn 280m south of Triscombe Stone

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016707

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32176

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: West Bagborough

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age cairn situated on a small plateau on the
northern spur of Wills Neck in the southern region of the Quantock Hills.
The cairn is 23m in diameter with a spread, uneven mound approximately 0.5m
high. The centre of the mound is hollow with a well defined rim which may
indicate a part excavation in antiquity or a period of stone robbing.
Additional cairns surviving on Wills Neck are the subject of separate
schedulings.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The area of the Quantock Hills, although small in extent, is one of the few
remaining expanses of open moorland in southern Britain. Its archaeological
importance lies in the existence of a landscape displaying examples of
monuments tracing the exploitation of the hills from the Bronze Age onwards.
Well-preserved monuments from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, including round
barrows, cairns, settlements, hillforts and a trackway, as well as later
industrial remains, give insights into changes in the pattern of land use on
the hills through time. These earthwork features are one of the key components
of the Quantocks' broader landscape character.
Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, the latter
predominating in areas of upland Britain where such raw materials were locally
available in abundance. Round cairns may cover single or multiple burials and
are sometimes surrounded by an outer ditch. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major visual element in the modern landscape. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. Twelve round cairns have been recorded
on the Quantocks, although the original figure is likely to have been higher.
They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial
proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite damage to the cairn caused by stone robbing or excavation, the cairn
280m south of Triscombe Stone survives comparatively well and forms part of a
larger group on Wills Neck. It will contain archaeological deposits and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of Somerset Archaelogical & Natural History Society' in Somerset Barrows, , Vol. 113 pt 1, (1969), 40

Source: Historic England

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