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Somerset Historic Environment Record

23500

Site Name: Barrow, Small Down Camp, Evercreech
SCHEDULED MONUMENT: Small Down Knoll camp [No:257]
Civil Parish: Evercreech
Part of:
PRN 23502Barrow cemetery, Small Down Hillfort, Evercreech
Grid Ref: ST 6662 4063 (ST 64 SE)
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Public access:

As far as we are aware this site is open to the public at certain times. (Open Access Land, expires 30/09/06). [Information last updated on 14 May 2003]

Details:

Possible simple bowl barrow or natural mound 50ft diameter and 3ft high (T400). {1}

Barrow 14 paces diameter and 3ft high (Evercreech 12). Opened by Skinner - primary series collared urn inverted, half full of ashes 4ft from the top and resting on a stone slab. Urn given to Rev Jacob Fussell (1788-1867), Rector of Doulting, who presented it to Taunton Museum in 1865. {2}

Also excavated by H. St. G Gray in 1904 (his Trench 7). Nothing was found apart from a few flint flakes and a red earthenware pitcher probably left by Skinners party. {4}

Mound 13m diameter and 1.75m high with good turf cover. {5}

Scheduled as AM 257n. Contained within hillfort (PRN 23483) and barrow cemetery (PRN 23502). {10}

References:

1 Mention - University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, Tratman's barrow catalogue. Record ID: T400
2 Mention - Grinsell, LV. Somerset barrows, part 2: North and East. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  115 (1971), Supplement (page 106)
3 Historical reference - Skinner, J [Rev John] Journals and Diaries.  (1788-1832) Available at British Library Reference: 33698
4 Description - Gray, H St G. Excavations at Small Down Camp near Evercreech, 1904. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  50:2 (1904), 32-49 (page 38-9) Copy available in SANHS library at Somerset Heritage Centre.
5 Detailed records - Algar, D [David]. English Heritage Field Monument Warden (19/7/1985) Location: HER files.
6 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 64 SE 6 (1966) Location: HER files under PRN 23502.
7 Measured plan - Grinsell, LV. Somerset barrows, part 2: North and East. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  115 (1971), Supplement (page 81)
8 Map - Dennison, E Somerset County Council. 1:1250 plan. (May 1985) Drawing HBC 2.21.-1. Location: HER collections.
9 Mention - Abercromby, J. The Bronze age pottery of Great Britain and Ireland.  Vol. 2 (1912), 2 and 115.
10 Verbal communication - Dennison, E [Ed]. Somerset County Council, Sites and Monuments Record (13/04/1987). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained

Record created in May 1985

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