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HER Number:MDV53224
Name:Peat Deposit at Westward Ho!

Summary

Peat deposit on the beach at Westward Ho! with evidence for Mesolithic and later activity. A nationally important site.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 430 295
Map Sheet:SS42NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NW/1/8

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ORGANIC DEPOSIT (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Dick, A. M., 1994, Westward Ho! Mesolithic Deposits (Ground Photograph). SDV836.

Peat deposit located around 40m northwest-southeast by 20m standing up to 0.40m above beach level. One stake visible at southwest corner.


Riley, H., 2002, Inter-tidal deposits at Westward Ho!, Northam, 3-5, Figs 2,4 & 5 (Report - Survey). SDV322401.

Five areas of peat were surveyed at Westward Ho! by English Heritage in 2002. The survey found substantial erosion had occured since 1984 particularly on the seaward edges of the peat. No peat deposits were located at this location.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.


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

SDV322401Report - Survey: Riley, H.. 2002. Inter-tidal deposits at Westward Ho!, Northam. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. AI/18/2002. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3-5, Figs 2,4 & 5.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 5.
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.
SDV836Ground Photograph: Dick, A. M.. 1994. Westward Ho! Mesolithic Deposits. Photograph (Paper) + Digital. [Mapped feature: #33365 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV468Related to: Mesolithic Tools from Westward Ho! (Monument)
MDV50845Related to: Peat Deposit at Westward Ho! (Monument)
MDV14854Related to: Shell Middens at Westward Ho! (Monument)
MDV44568Related to: Submerged Forest, Westward Ho! (Monument)
MDV71574Related to: Westward Ho!, Peat Deposit (Monument)
MDV71573Related to: Westward Ho!, Peat Deposit (Monument)
MDV71575Related to: Westward Ho!, Peat Deposit (Monument)
MDV44569Related to: Wooden Stakes at Westward Ho! (Monument)
MDV44571Related to: Wooden Stakes at Westward Ho! (Monument)
MDV44570Related to: Wooden Stakes at Westward Ho, (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV2018 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV2019 - Inter-tidal deposits at Westward Ho!, Northam

Date Last Edited:Jul 16 2015 2:32PM