MEM25231 - Possible prehistoric field boundary on Little Buscombe (Monument)

Summary

A stony scarp or lynchet divided a markedly open grassy area from an area of dense rush growth downslope. It may or may not form part of a more extensive prehistoric field system.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, in 2013 Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service were contracted to undertake a non-intrusive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. SS 77181 42075. A northwest to southeast aligned scarp or lynchet 20 metres long and up to 2 metres wide and 0.2 metres high which divides a markedly open grassy area from an area of dense rush growth downslope to the north. Stones are visible within the make-up of the bank. The feature may form part of a more extensive prehistoric field system. [1] The visit was followed by a further survey undertaken by The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. It was stated that the feature is very slight and, although it may be a remnant of a relict field system, it is unconvincing. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G.. 2013. Lanacombe, Great Buscombe, and Trout Hill, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. Cornwall County Council Historic Environment Service (Projects). p 12, ELN13(19).
  • <2>XY Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 3, ELN13(19). [Mapped feature: #48014 ELN13(19)]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7717 4206 (19m by 14m) Based on GIS provided with report
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN13(19)

Record last edited

Jun 21 2022 12:05PM

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