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Somerset Historic Environment Record

10740

Site Name: Post Track, Shapwick Heath
SCHEDULED MONUMENT: Sections of the Sweet Track, the Post Track and associated remains 500m north east of Moorgate Farm [No:27978]
  Sections of the Sweet Track and Post Track, 650m east of Canada Farm [No:27979]
Civil Parish: Shapwick
Part of:
PRN 10739Sweet Track, Shapwick Heath
Grid Ref: ST 422 402 (ST 44 SW)
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Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 21 May 2003]

Details:

A predecessor to the Sweet Track (see PRN 10739). It was on roughly the same alignment and traces were beneath the Sweet Track and, in 1980, slightly to the W at ST42204020. It appears to have been the preliminary access route for the builders of the Sweet Track. Marker posts were driven in at c3m intervals and heavy planks of ash and lime ran between the posts. The planks were unpegged and not raised above the marsh. The structure appears to have been dismantled and the planks plundered for use as rails in the Sweet Track. {1}

Trackway dated to 3838BC by dendrochronology (i.e. 30 years older than Sweet Track). {2}

References:

1 Mention - Coles, JM and Coles, BJ. Sweet Track to Glastonbury: The Somerset Levels in Prehistory.  (1986), 46-47 and 49.
2 Detailed records - Hillam, J, Groves, CM, Brown, DM, Baillie, MGL, Coles, JM, and Coles, BJ. Dendrochronology of the English Neolithic. Antiquity.  64 (1990), 210-220
3 Mention - Coles, JM and Orme, BJ. The Sweet Track Railway Site. Somerset Levels Papers.  2 (1976), 34-65 [page 39-42, 44-51, 55-56]
4 Mention - Coles, JM and Orme, BJ. The Sweet Track: Drove Site. Somerset Levels Papers.  5 (1979), 43-64 [page 44-47]
5 Mention - Coles, JM and Orme, BJ. Ten Excavations along the Sweet Track. Somerset Levels Papers.  10 (1984), 5-45 [page 10-11, 18, 24, 26-27]
6 Mention - Brunning, R, Hogan, D, Jones, J, Jones, M, Maltby, E, Robinson, M and Straker, V. Saving the Sweet Track: The In Situ Preservation of ... Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites.  4 (2000), 3-20 [page 4, 5]
7 Mention - Wells, J, Weir, D and Brunning, R. Excavation of a possible terminal of the Sweet Track and pollen analysis of associated mid-Holocene peat (SWA 93), Somerset.  (1999) Unpublished typescript. Location: HER file 15711.
8 Mention - Brunning, R. Sweet Track: Assessment: An Interim Report. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary.  6 (1995), 3-8 [page 3 and 5]
9 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 44 SW 38 (1978) Location: HER files under PRN 11000.
10 Excavation report - Coles, JM and Orme, BJ. The Sweet Track, 1980.  (not dated) unpublished typescript. Location: HER files under PRN 10739.

Record created in April 1983

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