MSO6982 - 19th Century prospecting pit overlooking Hoaroak Water (Monument)


A hollow with an adjacent mound may be a trial pit and spoil heap associated with nearby 19th Century mineral explorations.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Small circular mound with enclosing ditch and a small mined depression in an area of lighter vegetation. [1] SS 7494 4282. Situated in rough grassland at the top of steep slopes, about 415 metres above Ordnance Datum, overlooking the Hoaroak Water is an excavated hollow (about 4 metres in diameter and 1 metre deep) with a spoil heap forming a turf covered earth and stone mound (about 6 metres in diameter and 1.3 metres high) on its north side. Its purpose is not clear but it appears to be relatively modern. There are exploratory mineral trials and small quarried areas nearby at SS7433 4303 (MSO7125) worked in the period 1857-58 and this may be a contemporary trial pit. Surveyed at 1:2500. [2] This site is mentioned in the 2013 report by Hazel Riley, a field survey and synthesis of previous projects in the Hoaroak Valley, funded by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme. This was interpreted as a trial pit. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 7442.
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 3 May 1995. [Mapped feature: #46718 ]
  • <3> Report: Riley, H.. 2013. Hoaroak Valley: Historic landscape survey and analysis. 35.



Grid reference SS 7494 4282 (point)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10979
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW71
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 895567
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33118

Record last edited

Oct 7 2020 9:27AM


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