MEM22463 - Post-medieval prospecting pit on Spooners (Monument)

Summary

A substantial linear excavation around 20 metres long likely represents a 19th Century mining or prospecting work. Two phases of use are apparent, as a pit has been dug through the upcast material.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, South West Archaeology were contracted to undertake a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Spooners. One of the features noted was a short mineral exploration trench c. 20 metres long, with a substantial upcast bank on the north side. Two phases of use are likely, as a discrete pit has been dug through the southern upcast bank. [1] The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Spooners, which included this site. A substantial linear excavation, c. 20 metres long, with upcast to the north and southwest. This is probably a mining or prospecting work, most likely of 19th Century date, although two phases are apparent as a pit has been dug through the southern upcast material. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Walls, S. and Morris, B.. 2012. Spooners, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. 14-17, 20.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Spooners, Exmoor: Results of Archaeological Walkover Surveys and Post Mire Restoration Monitoring. 10, 15.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7782 3821 (19m by 25m)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Events/Activities (2)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): ESP12(3)

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:59PM

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