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HER Number:MDV15298
Name:Environmental investigation on Wotter Common

Summary

Pollen profile for Wotter Common indicates that at the time of the construction of the Saddlesborough reaves there is a decline in lime tree pollen and an increase in open country species. Fall in alder may be due to tin smelting or firewood demands. Heather increases markedly after the reave period. Four pollen zones were identified with radiocarbon dates from 3400 +- 70 bp to 2520 +- 80 bp (radiocarbon years).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 557 627
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/243

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATION (Early Neolithic to Late Neolithic - 3400 BC to 2520 BC (Between)) + Sci.Date

Full description

Keeley, H. C. M., 1981, Interim Report on Environmental Work at Shaugh Moor, Devon (Report - Interim). SDV173754.


Smith, K. + Coppen, J. + Wainwright, G. J. + Beckett, S., 1981, The Shaugh Moor Project; Third Report - Settlement and Environmental Investigations, 245-250, figure 22-25 (Article in Serial). SDV173752.

Environmental investigation: Wotter Common (sample taken at SX557627). Four pollen zones were identified with radiocarbon dates from 3400 +- 70 bp to 2520 +- 80 bp (radiocarbon years).


Balaam, N. D. + Smith, K. + Wainwright, G. J., 1982, The Shaugh Moor Project: Fourth Report - Environment, Context and Conclusion, 204-215, figures 1-7 (Article in Serial). SDV145845.

During 1979 excavations on Wotter Common, and along a length of the Saddlesborough Main Reave in 1980, a number of well sealed buried soils were sampled. Preservation of ancient pollen was good and and the pollen data derived has been correlated with the results of the analysis of the adjacent peat deposits.
At Wotter Common a section cut through one of the parallel reaves, exposing three adjacent soil profiles. The date of the reave construction was established as 1560 +/- 80 BC, the soil and peat pollen assemblage zones could be readily compared.


Fleming, A., 1988, The Dartmoor Reaves: Investigating Prehistoric Land Divisions, Figure 68 (Monograph). SDV229071.

Pollen profile for Wotter Common (citing Shaugh Moor Project, 1981). At the time of the construction of the Saddlesborough reaves (MDV2573) there is a decline in lime tree pollen and an increase in open country species. Fall in alder may be due to tin smelting or firewood demands. Heather increases markedly after the reave period.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145845Article in Serial: Balaam, N. D. + Smith, K. + Wainwright, G. J.. 1982. The Shaugh Moor Project: Fourth Report - Environment, Context and Conclusion. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 48. A4 Bound. 204-215, figures 1-7.
SDV173752Article in Serial: Smith, K. + Coppen, J. + Wainwright, G. J. + Beckett, S.. 1981. The Shaugh Moor Project; Third Report - Settlement and Environmental Investigations. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 47. A4 Bound. 245-250, figure 22-25. [Mapped feature: #6411 ]
SDV173754Report - Interim: Keeley, H. C. M.. 1981. Interim Report on Environmental Work at Shaugh Moor, Devon. Digital.
SDV229071Monograph: Fleming, A.. 1988. The Dartmoor Reaves: Investigating Prehistoric Land Divisions. The Dartmoor Reaves: Investigating Prehistoric Land Divisions. Hardback Volume. Figure 68.

Associated Monuments

MDV2573Related to: Saddlesborough Reave, Shaugh Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6800 - Shaugh Moor Project Pollen Analysis of Peat Deposits

Date Last Edited:Jun 30 2015 11:45AM