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The Longstone Landscape Project 2014-2015

Longstone Landscape Community Archaeology ProjectMembers of Parracombe Archaeology and History Society (PAHS) together with North Devon Archaeology Society (NDAS) volunteered to undertake this interesting but rather daunting project. In the significant early stages professional leadership was provided through the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership with oversight by Exmoor National Park. Additional professional (geophysical) work was overseen by GSB Prospection Ltd. and Leicester University, whist additional survey work has been undertaken by Hazel Riley.

The project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund through the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership

About forty people were involved as volunteers over a period of about three years. During that time we covered a lot of (often very soggy) ground as we learnt, explored, measured, drew, photographed, “geophysed”, searched for flints and augered. Those less keen or less able to brave the wet and windy moor found useful information by searching in local archives and were able to use there skills tracing field drawings to transform them into accurate and permanent plans.

We also undertook many training days, hosted open days and generally had a lot of fun!

…but there is still more we could do and this is our “LLP to do list” :

  • Finish the barrow surveys.
  • Complete the photographic records.
  • Undertake a drone survey.
  • Complete inking of some drawings.
  • Curate the drawings and documents.
  • Undertake a programme of “condition surveys” of the monuments in the Longstone Landscape area.

You can read the progress report written up at the end of 2015 via the link below. Covid interrupted continuation of the project but PAHS are now back on the case!


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