MEM22469 - Post-medieval extractive pit on Spooners (Monument)

Summary

Sub-rectangular pit with an associated mound of upcast spoil on the downslope side. This is a probable prospecting or mining work, most likely dating to the 19th Century.

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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. A mineral exploration hollow was found, sub-rectangular in shape, measuring 4 metres by 2.5 metres. The upcast forms a bank on the downslope side, which measures up to 4 metres wide and is 1.4 metres high. The total area of the earthwork is c. 10 metres by 10 metres. [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. The sub-rectangular pit was found to have a maximum dimension of c. 10 metres, with a mound of upcast spoil on the northeastern, downslope side. Thios is considered to be a probable prospecting or mining work, most likely dating to the 19th Century. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Walls, S. and Morris, B.. 2012. Spooners, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. 14, 15, 17, 21.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Spooners, Exmoor: Results of Archaeological Walkover Surveys and Post Mire Restoration Monitoring. 8, 16.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7897 3725 (12m by 13m)
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(15)

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:32PM

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