MEM22553 - Post-medieval prospecting feature on Deer Park (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval linear hollow with associated mound was visible during field survey in 2012. This is likely a small prospecting feature, probably dating to the 19th Century.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park, which included this site. Noted was a linear hollow with an associated mound on its western side. The hollow is 8 metres northeast by southwest, 2 metres northwest by southeast and 0.5 metres deep; the mound is 6 metres northwest by southeast and 0.5 metres deep. It is best interpreted as a small prospecting feature probably dating to the 19th Century. [1] A large scale metric survey of an area of earthworks on Wintershead was undertaken by Hazel Riley in 2012 as part of the Exmoor Mires Project. A linear hollow with an associated mound on its west edge was surveyed, this lies between the track and the mire, close to the gate, at Wintershead. The hollow measures 8 metres northeast-southwest, 2 metres northwest-southeast and is 0.5 metres deep. The mound is 6 metres northeast-southwest, 2 metres northwest-southeast and is 0.5 metres high. The feature could be associated with draining the gateway and access track, but is most likely to be a small trial trench prospecting for ironstone dating from the mid 19th Century. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Deer Park, Exmoor. 12, 29.
  • <2> Report: Riley. H.. 2012. Metric survey of Wintershead, Exmoor Mires Project: Project report. 4.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7657 3724 (7m by 7m)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP12(311)
  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP13(101)

Record last edited

Feb 19 2014 5:01PM

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