MMO3241 - Post-medieval peat cutting southeast of Cussacombe (Monument)


A small area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible as several pits and irregular earthworks on moorland southeast of Cussacombe.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs [1] as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks covering an area of approximately 0.5 hectares. The earthworks are centred on SS 7955 3005 and are mostly square or rectilinear pits measuring up to 26 metres across by 20 metres wide. According to Burton [2], peat cutting is known to have continued on Exmoor until very recently, and may continue in places. [1-3] A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1420 3283-84 (15 April 1946).
  • <2> Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. P. 232-33.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195.
  • <4> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.



Grid reference Centred SS 7955 3004 (121m by 114m)
Map sheet SS73SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 53965
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE100
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1492887

Record last edited

Feb 18 2019 5:02PM


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