MEM15461 - Possible Roman or post-medieval iron mining waste at Anstey's Combe (Monument)
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Stream gulley erosion in Anstey Combe (named Anstey’s Gully on current Ordnance Survey maps) revealed a sequence of unusually deep alternating silt and gravel deposits. The Anstey Combe deposits reached depths of almost 6 metres in comparison to similar deposits in neighbouring combes that do not exceed 1 to 2 metres. The sediments have been geomorphologically sampled and dated by optically stimulated luminescence to the Roman period and 16th to 17th Centuries AD. Given the small catchment area of the combe, comparable to that of the neighbouring valleys, the two unusually thick sediment deposits may indicate episodes of unusually high sediment supply to the valley floor, perhaps suggesting periods of openwork iron mining in these periods within Anstey Combe. A linear trench to the north of the sampled area has been suggested as a possible extractive feature and source for the silts. [1-3]
- <1> SEM7224 Map: Ordnance Survey. 2009. MasterMap.
- <2> SEM7227 Monograph: Bray, L.S.. 2006. The Archaeology of Iron Production: Romano-British Evidence from the Exmoor Region. P.170.
- <3> SEM7212 Article in serial: Brown, A., Bennett, J. + Rhodes, E.. 2009. Roman Mining on Exmoor: A Geomorphological Approach at Anstey's Combe, Dulverton. Environmental Archaeology. 14. 1. P.57.
|Grid reference||SS 827 293 (point) (Estimated from sources)|
|Civil Parish||MOLLAND, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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- National Park: Exmoor National Park
Record last edited
Mar 23 2021 4:45PM
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