MEM23944 - Post-Medieval Linear Mining or Prospecting Openwork on Burcombe (Monument)


A linear but irregularly shaped openwork on Burcombe, close to the path, running southeast-northwest.

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A water and vegetation filled openwork more than 70m long and up to 3m wide was noted by Cornwall Council during a walkover survey of the Burcombe and Wester Emmetts as on the east side of, and parallel to, the trackway known as the Two Moors Way. It is flanked by linear spoil dumps of brocken rock up to 1.6m high on both the northeast and southwest sides. There are also some discrete spoil heaps, separate from the linear dumps, to each side of the openwork, perhaps representing different phases of work. The feature is likely to be post-medieval and may have been part of the Roman Lode iron mining complex to the north at Cornham Ford (MSO6804 & MSO6812): the late nineteenth-century 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6in: 1 mile map shows various earthworks in the combe north of this site and labels them 'Iron Mine (Disused)'. [1] A Post-Medieval linear openwork with irregular sections, was discovered by the Mires officer on a walkover survey of the area. Due to its association to other monuments it was likely related to the Post-Medieval mining complex of Burcombe. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

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



Grid reference SS 7529 3794 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE

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  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EBC12(14)

Record last edited

Jan 18 2018 5:51PM


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