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HER Number:MDV107425
Name:Submerged Forest at Westward Ho!


A submerged forest on the outside of the southern end of Northam Pebble Ridge.


Grid Reference:SS 433 295
Map Sheet:SS42NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
Ecclesiastical 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 314 (Website). SDV350876.

Record ID 314. Year; 1867a/1866. Location description; on the outside of the southern end of Northam Pebble Ridge. Deposit description; submerged forest bed, on top of angular fragments of carbonaceous grit pebbles (layer a few inches thick), on top of blue mud. Extends 200 yards [182.88 m] along ridge, probably under the ridge into Northam Marsh. Associated artefacts; broken flints, flint flakes, flint implements found in submerged forest - found within forest deposit of prostrate boughs and trunks of birch/alder/oak trees and roots, nuts and acorns. Depth of deposit; forest height is at about mean sea level. Flints were found halfway between pebble ridge and low water mark, at 1-8 inches [2.54 to 20.32 cm] deep. 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 314. [Mapped feature: #2134 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 21 2016 12:43PM