MEM22657 - Post-medieval prospecting pit on The Chains (Monument)

Summary

A pit and associated spoil mound were visible during field investigation in 2012. This is a probable prospecting pit. As it appears to cut drainage ditches, it is likely more modern in date than the drainage programme in the area.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An irregular depression was noted during a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on The Chains, undertaken by South West Archaeology as part of the Exmoor Mires Project. This is located near the junction of two drainage ditches and may be a quarry pit. [1] The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on The Chains, which included this site. Noted was a pit measuring 3 metres by 2 metres and an associated spoil mound; this is likely to be a prospecting pit. This appears to cut the nearby drainage ditches, suggesting it is more modern in date than the drainage programme in the area. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Walls, S. and Morris, B.. 2012. The Chains, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. 12, 27.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.. The Chains walkover survey.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7412 4231 (17m by 8m)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): ECH12(201)
  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): ECH12(81)

Record last edited

Mar 18 2014 11:50AM

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