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HER Number:MDV10768
Name:Palaeolithic tools from Friars Gate, Ottery St. Mary


A hand axe and a large crude scraper were found during the excavation of a road cutting in 1935.


Grid Reference:SY 102 940
Map Sheet:SY19SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOttery St. Mary
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOTTERY ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY19SW/32

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Palaeolithic - 698000 BC to 8001 BC (Between))

Full description

MUSEUM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3813.

Now in exetr museum (mus).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV99027.

Two palaeolithic implements were found around 'friars gate' in 1935.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV99028.

Vis=12/11/1953 (os) "one is an acheulian hand axe, 200mm by 90mm, with the top broken off. The other implement is like a large crude scraper, squarish, sides c 75mm. The material is a reddish chert. In the possession of the finder, mr sprague. Also piece of chert found (osa).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV99031.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV99032.

Smith, r. A. /pdas/2(1933-36)241 figs/stone implements from devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV99033.

Wessex archaeology/southern rivers palaeolithic project/2(1992-3)172/ex3 no.1.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV99034.

Mus=exe 215/1982/1-3.

Wessex Archaeology, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV22831.

Found when a road was cut, at depth of c.1.50m (wessex).

Stoten, G., 2006, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Devon: Archaeology and Heritage Survey, 15, Map 2, Gazetteer (Report - Survey). SDV347996.

Site 22. One of nine stone axes that have been found in the Otter valley. Heritage site of low significance. Potential for currently unrecorded archaeology low.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV22831Migrated Record: Wessex Archaeology.
SDV347996Report - Survey: Stoten, G.. 2006. Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Devon: Archaeology and Heritage Survey. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 05108. A4 Unbound + Digital. 15, Map 2, Gazetteer.
SDV3813Migrated Record: MUSEUM.
SDV99027Migrated Record:
SDV99028Report - Survey: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division.
SDV99031Migrated Record:
SDV99032Migrated Record:
SDV99033Migrated Record:
SDV99034Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV3484 - HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Unknown - 698000 BC)

Associated Events

  • EDV5440 - Archaeological Field Reconnaissance Survey, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare

Date Last Edited:Nov 25 2015 2:32PM