Site Event/Activity record EEM14155 - 2012: TS - Wintershead, Mires Project



Hazel Riley


August 2012


A survey of Wintershead was undertaken for the Exmoor Mires Project on behalf of the Exmoor National Park Authority, following the discovery of a probable prehistoric burial mound close to an area of erosion where prehistoric worked flint has been recovered. The aims of the survey were twofold: to identify, locate, record and interpret extant archaeological features, and to record the topography of the area. During fieldwork all the features recorded in the Engligh Heritage National Monuments Record and in the Mire walkover survey were located, photographed and recorded. Prospection for new sites was undertaken and these were recorded in the same way. Topographic detail and all the extant archaeological features were surveyed at a scale of 1: 500 using survey grade differential GPS. A detailed earthwork survey of the probable prehistoric burial mound was undertaken at a scale of 1:100. A contour survey was carried out based on points recorded at 5 metre intervals across the survey area. The area of the mire could not be surveyed due to ground conditions, but its edge was recorded.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Report: Riley. H.. 2012. Metric survey of Wintershead, Exmoor Mires Project: Project report.
  • <2> Monograph: Bray, L. S.. 2015. The Past and The Peat: Archaeology and peatland restoration on Exmoor. Exmoor National Park Authority. 1st Edition.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1609389, Extant 23 November 2021.



Location Wintershead, Exmoor
Grid reference Centred SS 7662 3729 (207m by 303m) Surveyed
Map sheet SS73NE

Related Monuments/Buildings (8)

  • Linear earthwork of unknown date on Wintershead (Monument)
  • Post-medieval ditches on Wintershead (Monument)
  • Post-medieval drainage ditch on Wintershead (Monument)
  • Post-medieval peat cutting on Deer Park and Little Halscombe (Monument)
  • Post-medieval prospecting feature on Deer Park (Monument)
  • Post-medieval prospecting pit on Deer Park (Monument)
  • Post-medieval tracks on Wintershead (Monument)
  • Prehistoric burial mound on Deer Park (Monument)

Child/subsequent Site Events/Activities (1)

  • 2013: Eval - Wintershead, Mires Project

Record last edited

Nov 23 2021 4:49PM