MEM22571 - Post-medieval prospecting on Halscombe (Monument)

Summary

A tributary stream to Halscombe Water with altered sides, likely associated with prospecting was visible during field investigation in 2012 and 2013. This forms part of MEM22547.

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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 tributary stream to Halscombe Water, the sides of which have been deepened by a series of scarps along its course, probably as part of prospecting activity associated with MEM22547. A spoil bank 25 metres long, 4 metres wide and 0.4 metres high lies on the northwest side. [1] A large scale metric survey of an area of earthworks on Halscombe was undertaken by Hazel Riley in 2013 as part of the Exmoor Mires Project; a tributary to Halscombe Water was noted. The sides of the channel have been deepened by a series of scarps along its course, below nearby prospecting trenches (MEM22570) and drains (MEM22580). A bank of spoil 25 metres long, 4 metres wide and 0.4 metres high lies on the northwest side. This is associated with the ironstone prospecting and drainage in the area. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Deer Park, Exmoor. 28, 29.
  • <2> Report: Riley, H.. 2013. Metric Survey of Halscombe, Simonsbath, Exmoor. 8, 14.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7725 3854 (110m by 52m)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP13(403)

Record last edited

Feb 19 2014 4:55PM

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