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HER Number:MDV123443
Name:Area of meilers on Brown Heath

Summary

At least 24 peat charcoal burning platforms or ‘meilers’ distributed over approximately 7.0 hectares of Brown Heath, in an area which has been intensively worked for peat. The platforms comprise low mounds of up to 0.8 metres high by approximately 12-14 metres diameter with level tops, often with slightly sunken central areas.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 642 660
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • Peat Burning Platform (Constructed, XI to XIX - 1100 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

SX64353 65969 At least 24 peat charcoal burning platforms or ‘meilers’ distributed over approximately 7.0 hectares of Brown Heath, in an area which has been intensively worked for peat. The platforms comprise low mounds of up to 0.8 metres high by approximately 12-14 metres diameter with level tops, often with slightly sunken central areas. These features have not yet been dated, but it is known from documentation, that peat charcoal was produced on Dartmoor using this method from at least the 13th century.


Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #119022 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jul 29 2019 2:58PM