MEM22582 - Post-medieval peat cutting on Halscombe (Monument)


Post-medieval peat cutting was visible as a series of rectangular hollows during field investigation in 2013.

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Full Description

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 series of rectangular hollows were surveyed, measuring 0.5 metres deep and covering an area 65 metres by 25 metres; this represents an area of peat cutting which dates from the post-medieval period. [1] A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Riley, H.. 2013. Metric Survey of Halscombe, Simonsbath, Exmoor. 10, 14.
  • <2> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.



Grid reference Centred SS 7723 3852 (63m by 33m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP13(409)

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:36PM


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