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The Mendip Hills separate the Somerset Levels from the North Somerset Levels.The Somerset Levels consist of marine clay "levels" along the coast and inland peat-based "moors"; agriculturally, about 70 per cent is used as grassland and the rest is arable.The discovery at Shapwick of 9,238 silver Roman coins, known as the Shapwick Hoard, was the second largest ever found from the time of the Roman Empire.A number of Saxon charters document the incorporation of areas of moor in estates.Pennsylvania Newspaper Obituaries are a rich source of genealogy data.
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Neighbouring natural regions are: the Vale of Taunton and Quantock Fringes to the west, the Blackdowns to the southwest, the Mid Somerset Hills and Yeovil Scarplands to the southeast, the Mendip Hills to the east and the Bristol, Avon Valleys and Ridges to the northeast. The Levels are about 20 feet (6 m) above mean sea level (O. The general elevation inland is 10 to 12 feet (3 to 4 m) O. It is a mainly agricultural region, typically with open fields of permanent grass surrounded by ditches with willow trees.
Access to individual areas, especially for cattle, was provided by means of "droves", i.e. Some of the old roads, in contrast to the old hollow ways found in other areas of England, are causeways raised above the level of the surrounding land, with a drainage ditch running along each side.
Several settlements and hill forts were built on the natural "islands" of slightly raised land, including Brent Knoll and Glastonbury.
In the Roman period sea salt was extracted and a string of settlements were set up along the Polden Hills.
During 20 proposals to build a series of electricity pylons by one of two routes between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth, to transmit electricity from the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, attracted local opposition.