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Somerset Historic Environment Record


Site Name: Excavation (1904), Small Down Camp, Evercreech
Civil Parish: Evercreech
Part of:
PRN 23483Small Down Camp, Evercreech
Grid Ref: ST 6664 4063 (ST 64 SE)
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It is unlikely that there is anything to see unless this event took place on a site (see link above) where there may be details of access. Otherwise please assume that the site is on private land. [Information last updated on 11 October 2010]


In April 1904, H. St George Gray carried out excavations for 8 days at Small Down Camp, Evercreech (PRN 23483). Eight small cuttings were excavated, four in the ditch terminals at the entrances, one in the interior and three on the interior barrows. Two of the barrows had been disturbed but one (Gray's No IV) contained the partly cremated body of a young person lying on the old ground surface. The entire mound was sifted and much flint and pottery dating to the early Bronze Age recovered. {1}

Gray's plan is of little use to identify which barrows were excavated as he draws the line of barrows well away from the correct location - to the north of the trig point which sits on PRN 23490. He does say that the 3 barrows shown on the 1904 Ordnance Survey map are his I, III and VII which would equate to PRNs 23500, 23497 and 23494. His major excavation (Cutting 8 in mound IV) may therefore have been in a currently unrecorded barrow (between PRN 23496, his V? and PRN 23497, his III) - perhaps because he removed the mound completely. {3}


1 Excavation report - Gray, H St G. Excavations at Small Down Camp near Evercreech, 1904. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  50:2 (1904), 32-49. Copy available in SANHS library at Somerset Heritage Centre.
2 Museum accession number - TTNCM A.925. Stored at Museum collection at Somerset Heritage Centre.
3 Verbal communication - Webster, C [Chris]. Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record (19/1/2012). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained

Record created on 11 October 2010

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