Extensive four-year East Devon pebblebed survey gets underway

AN extensive four-year survey to research the landscape and archaeology of the East Devon pebblebeds is being carried out by Professor Chris Tilley.

AN extensive four-year survey to research the landscape and archaeology of the East Devon Pebblebeds is being carried out by

Professor Chris Tilley.

People with hidden pebble structures not visible from roads or paths in - back gardens, sheds, barns and in older houses - are being asked to get in touch.

The aim of the project is to create a comprehensive record of the use of pebbles in the area of east Devon, which eventually will form a digital photographic archive on the web.


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Part of the research project will include excavations, which will take place later in the year, between 29 August 2009 and 20 September 2009, on Aylesbeare and Colaton Raleigh commons.

Visitors using the commons will be invited to take part in a brief car park survey, to find out their views of the pebbles.

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Project leader Chris Tilley said work was already underway to record all structures built out of pebbles in the area of east Devon between the river Exe, and the river Otter from Ottery St Mary in the north, to Budleigh Salterton in the south.

Mr Tilley said: "Very little research has been done into the pebblebeds since George Carter in the 1930s.

"Pebble structures form an important part of the contemporary domestic architecture and local heritage of east Devon

"If they are not recorded and photographed part of our local history will be lost."

* If you have hidden pebbles at your home and you like them included in the survey email Jill Cobley at jillcobley@tiscali.co.uk or telephone (01404) 814406.

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