MEM25238 - 19th Century prospecting pit or World War Two military training feature on Trout Hill (Monument)

Summary

An oval mound was noted during field survey in 2013. It has been interpreted as a 19th Century prospecting pit, or as a Second World War military training feature.

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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 79306 43177. An oval mound 3 metres by 2 metres and up to 0.4 metres high under dense molinia. There is a shallow hollow to the east but no evident cut on a scale to provide the mound material. [1] The visit was followed by a further survey undertaken by The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. There is a shallow hollow to the east, but this is disproportionately small compared to the volume of spoil suggesting the hollow was much deeper originally. The feature is most likely to be a 19th Century prospecting work, although it could also be a World War Two military training feature. [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 23, ELN13(44).
  • <2>XY Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 5, ELN13(44). [Mapped feature: #48025 ELN13(43)]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7930 4317 (6m by 9m) Based on GIS provided with report
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Record last edited

Jun 23 2022 11:39AM

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