MEM22471 - Possible post-medieval prospecting feature on Spooners (Monument)

Summary

Enlarged section of drainage ditch. This is possibly a prospecting feature, but may also be a section of ditch enlarged by natural erosion processes.

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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 length of drainage ditch of exaggerated size was found, measuring c. 15 metres long, with up cast bank. At the northern end the ditch is c. 1.8 metres wide and 0.6 metres deep, while the bank is c. 1.6 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. It is suggested that the feature was exploited as a mineral exploration trench. [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. It was seen to be an enlarged section of drainage ditch, which is possibly a post-medieval prospecting feature, but may also be a section of ditch enlarged by natural erosion processes. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Walls, S. and Morris, B.. 2012. Spooners, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. 14, 15, 22.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Spooners, Exmoor: Results of Archaeological Walkover Surveys and Post Mire Restoration Monitoring. 10, 16.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 7868 3734 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

External Links (0)

Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): ESP12(17)

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:32PM

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