MMO1903 - Medieval or post-medieval peat cutting on Furzehill Common (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
An area of peat cutting and possible drainage can be seen in an area of Furzehill Common enclosed in the post-medieval period, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. [1,2] The cuttings are very irregularly shaped and distributed and have probably been worked over many years, potentially from the medieval period. However, a single very narrow linear cut over 160 metres in length and more regularly shaped pits to the east of the site may support the suggestion that more organised attempts at peat extraction were made in the post-medieval period. The cuttings are centred, roughly, on SS 7340 4527, at an elevation between 350 and 360 metres above Ordnance Datum. A smaller area of turbary can be seen approximately 300 metres to the northwest.  A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. 
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3316-7 (13 May 1946).
- <2> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 (F20) 3034-5 (8 November 1952).
- <3> SMO7556 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.
- <4> SEM8135 Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7341 4520 (266m by 287m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1465005 (Original Monarch entry: 1465005)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW123
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1465005
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Apr 26 2020 8:37PM
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