MEM23936 - Post-Medieval Mound on the Eastern Edge of Burcombe (Monument)


A low turf mound, probably generated by post-medieval prospecting activity present on Burcombe.

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An oval mound, approximately 5-6m across, up to 0.4m high and flat topped was noted by Cornwall Council Archaeology during a walkover survey of Burcombe and Wester Emmetts. No adjacent cuts or ditches were apparent. The earthwork is located on the axis of mound 2 and may be an extension of it, the two features together perhaps representing spoil from relatively early prospecting trenches which has silted or infilled through peat growth. Alternatively, and perhaps more probabbly, these features may be associated with the nearby Blue Gate Mine, active between c.1835 and WW1 (MMO602). [1] A low turf mound likely generated by prospecting activity was noted during a follow-up walkover survey. This may relate to mining of Iron Ore recorded on Burcombe, but there is a degree of uncertainty of this by the Mires Officer. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G. and Taylor, S.. 2012. Burcombe and Wester Emmetts, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. p5.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Burcombe: May - October, 2012. p12.



Grid reference SS 7575 3773 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EBC12(1)

Record last edited

Jan 18 2018 4:51PM


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