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HER Number:MDV107325
Name:Submerged Forest at Northam Beach


A submerged forest is located at Northam Beach. Finds have also been discovered including bones, teeth, shells and worked lithics.


Grid Reference:SS 434 307
Map Sheet:SS43SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • SUBMARINE FOREST (Unknown date)

Full description

English Heritage, 2013, Intertidal and Coastal Peat Database: Devon, Record ID 388 (Website). SDV350876.

Record ID 388. Year; 1867. Deposit description; Submerged forest. Bones and teeth of mammalia, within the peat, with flint flakes, cores and numerous comminuted shells (mainly oyster: Ostroea edulis and cockle: Cordium edule). Oyster shell deposit up to 2ft thick. Probably deer remains. Depth of deposit; exposed at or near low water mark. Covering sand was washed away, exposing oyster shell deposit, mixed with bones. Nearby Braunton Burrows [now sand dune] used to be forest-covered. No dates available.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350876Website: English Heritage. 2013. Intertidal and Coastal Peat Database: Devon. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/research/heritage-science/environmental-archaeology/Environmental-Studies-Resources/intertidal-peat-database/. Website. Record ID 388. [Mapped feature: #2093 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV63742Related to: Peat Deposit at Westward Ho! (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 25 2014 11:03AM