MEM23954 - Possible Post-Medieval Drainage Ditch on Burcombe (Monument)


A drainage ditch currently draining the Two Moors Way may also have been related to the extraction features to the north.

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A ditch 0.5m wide and 0.3m deep with linear spoil banks on both side up to 0.4m high was noted by Cornwall Council during a walkover survey of Burcombe and Wester Emmets. The ditch apparently drains surface water from the Two Moors Way and may be modern - other similar ditches draining the track were noted to the south - but its position immediately south of a cluster of extractive features adjacent to the track raises the possibility that it was intended to prevent water running into the working area and may therefore be contemporary with it. [1] A follow-up survey by the Mires historic environment officer, noted the potential that this site could be a historic feature associated with mining, but also that it may be modern. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G. and Taylor, S.. 2012. Burcombe and Wester Emmetts, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. p20.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Burcombe: May - October, 2012. p13.



Grid reference SS 7536 3789 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EBC12(30)

Record last edited

Jan 18 2018 12:31PM


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