Monument record HMY 023 - Possible pits of unknown date cut into the saltmarsh in the Deben Estuary.

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Possible pits cut into the salt-marsh in the Deben Estuary, Hemley parish


Grid reference Centred TM 29310 43134 (25m by 75m)
Map sheet TM24SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

A group of possibly man-made angular and interlocking pits, centred on TM 29314315, can be seen adjoining a channel in the salt-marsh at the edge of the Deben Estuary on photographs taken from the 1940s onwards. There is no clear evidence that the pits are man-made but if they are man-made features they may constitute the remains of a small-scale shellfish production site or of some type of extractive process. (S1) (S2) The features are still visible on photographs taken in 1971 but this area of salt-marsh appears to be subject to a process of managed retreat. (S3)
Other pits in the area may also be man-made features.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/832 3052-3053 23-SEP-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/80 Part I 5013-5014 28-JUL-1948.
  • <S3> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/67055 048 24-APR-1967.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Aug 5 2013 12:52PM

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