MEM22554 - Post-medieval prospecting pit on Deer Park (Monument)


A reed-filled circular hollow and associated mound were visible during field investigation in 2012. The feature is most likely a 19th Century prospecting pit.

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  • 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 reed filled circular hollow, 1.8 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres deep with a mound on its western side. The feature is most likely a 19th Century prospecting pit. [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 reed-filled circular hollow was surveyed, which measures 1.8 metres in diameter, 0.7 metres deep; with a mound on its west side, 1.7 metres long, 1 metre wide and 0.6 metres high. This is probably a mid 19th Century prospection pit for ironstone. [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.



Grid reference Centred SS 7657 3722 (4m by 4m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP12(312)
  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP13(102)

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:35PM


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