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HER Number:MDV107372
Name:Submerged Forest, Westward Ho!


A submerged forest was identified at Westward Ho!.


Grid Reference:SS 429 295
Map Sheet:SS42NW
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 169 (Website). SDV350876.

Record ID 169. Year: 1979. Drowned forest - oak, birch, hazel, alder, elder, bramble, dogwood and other herbs. Peat rested on bluish, grey sticky clay. Associated artefacts; bones of red deer, ox, boar, wolf, horse, sheep, goat, pig, dog, man. Mesolithic flints. First identified Ussher (July 1878). No dates available. Referred to as forest submerged by postglacial sea level rise - peat had formed during Flandrian transgression [sic] (Godwin, 1956).

Heathcote, J. + Campbell, G., 2013, NHPP 3A5 Identification of Wetland/Waterlogged Sites. 6240 Exceptional Waterlogged Heritage. Stage 1: Inventory, 25 (Report - non-specific). SDV357296.

No other similar sites in SW and a nationally important site. Mesolithic and later –including footprints. Former wet woodland and fen, now in the intertidal zone, Midden with flint artefacts, animal bone, plant environmental proxies.

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 169. [Mapped feature: #2127 ]
SDV357296Report - non-specific: Heathcote, J. + Campbell, G.. 2013. NHPP 3A5 Identification of Wetland/Waterlogged Sites. 6240 Exceptional Waterlogged Heritage. Stage 1: Inventory. English Heritage. N/A. Digital. 25.

Associated Monuments

MDV44568Related to: Submerged Forest, Westward Ho! (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 28 2014 11:03AM