Platform cairn, 180m east of Wilmot's Pool

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1417363
Date first listed:
26-Nov-2013
Location Description:
Platform cairn approximately 180m east of Wilmot's Pool at NGR ST 1548538136

Map

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Location

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Location Description:
Platform cairn approximately 180m east of Wilmot's Pool at NGR ST 1548538136
County:
Somerset
District:
Sedgemoor (District Authority)
Parish:
Over Stowey
National Grid Reference:
ST1548538136

Summary

A platform cairn, probably Bronze Age, situated 180m to the east of Wilmot's Pool.

Reasons for Designation

The platform cairn 180m east of Wilmot's Pool is scheduled for the following principal reasons: * Potential: it will contribute to our understanding of the social organisation and burial practices of the county's Bronze Age population; * Documentation: archaeological survey has considerably enhanced our understanding of the form and survival of the cairn; * Group value: with both the barrow at Wilmot's Pool to the west and with other scheduled monuments which collectively provide evidence of a relict prehistoric landscape.

History

Round barrows and cairns on the Quantock Hills sometimes form mixed cemeteries which are concentrations of one or more round barrows in close proximity to two or more cairns. Cairns found on the Quantocks include ring cairns which are low, circular banks of stone defining a central space, sometimes with a mound in the centre, though often the central space is empty; and embanked platform cairns comprising low, circular platforms of stone or earth, topped with a low bank, and often with a central mound. Evidence from excavated ring cairns has suggested that their primary function was not usually burial, but that they enclosed an important area perhaps connected with the cremation of human remains.

The platform cairn (ST1548538136) approximately 180m to the east of Willmot's Pool is considered to date from the Bronze Age and is situated on an escarpment running north-west to south-east in the Quantock Hills. It is depicted on modern Ordnance Survey maps and was identified on aerial photographs from 1946 during the National Mapping Project. It was subsequently recorded during an archaeological survey of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by English Heritage between 2002 and 2004.

Details

PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS: a platform cairn, probably Bronze Age, situated on the western escarpment of the Quantock Hills, approximately 180m to the east of Wilmot's Pool and within a post-medieval field system.

DESCRIPTION: this large embanked platform cairn comprises a circular mound that has a diameter of 17m and is 1.1m high, and an encircling 0.8m wide bank. On the top of the mound, to the north-west of the centre, is a small mound that is 3.4m in diameter and 0.8m high.

EXTENT OF SCHEDULING: the scheduling boundary around the cairn includes a 2m margin for its support and protection.

Sources

Books and journals
Riley, H, Historic Landscape of the Quantock Hills, (2006), 30-41
Other
HER entry: 10672, Cairn, E of Wilmot's Pool, Over Stowey.
Somerset Historic Environment Record,

Legal

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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