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HER Number:MDV11012
Name:Prehistoric Flints from Peak Hill


Assemblage of Prehistoric stone tools found on Peak Hill in the late 19th century.


Grid Reference:SY 108 870
Map Sheet:SY18NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOtterton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOTTERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY18NW/22

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ARTEFACT SCATTER (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Exeter Museum, EXE/155/1975/4
EXE/A 4066
EXE/A 4127
(Record Office Collection). SDV116511.

Finds of flint cores and flakes. Peak Hill, Sidmouth. Part of the P O Hutchinson collection. Fifteen worked flakes comprising one large grey/brown heavy flake with battered edges; one large grey/brown heavy blade with tip shaped to an off-centre point; one grey/brown thick medium flake, central ridge, retouched at a later date - possibly a hollow scraper; small thumb-scraper; bulb end of blade with tip obliquely broken; one black flint thick centrally-keeled hollow scraper with cortex; one small core marked missile, another flake marked missile, one thick heavy centrally-ridged pointed flake of a pale grey/white flint; one thick flake retouched with two flake scars to a wide chisel edge - marked missile; one very large flake with flattish squarish end retouched and one small notch in side; one large squat flake; one unusual triangular thin flake made from part of a hinge-fractured flake with a hollow-concave base; one small blade fragment with edge retouch one edge; one large hump-backed white stone core. In May 1876 P O Hutchinson recovered a mottled grey-white flint core marked 'imperfect implement' from Peak Hill, Sidmouth. The core was a long conical shape with a flat base & retouched along one side. In December 1872 P O Hutchinson recovered a tongue-shaped chert core 70mm long x 43mm wide with large shallow flaking all over. Both edges & the rounded end were slightly retouched & worn.

Hutchinson, P. O., 1848-1894, Diaries (Un-published). SDV339321.

Site visited by P O Hutchinson on 12/12/1872, 14/3/1873 & 20/3/1873. Other details: Also visited 14/3/1873 & 20/3/1873.

Wymer, J. J., 1977, Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites, 63 (Monograph). SDV8096.

One artefact from this collection identified as a Mesolithic pick.

Unknown, 1986, Peak Hill - Flint Finds (Worksheet). SDV358775.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003, East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey, 22, Part 1; 154, Part 2: Gazetteer, Site No. 411 (Report - Survey). SDV101648.

A flint scatter was found on Peak Hill to the south of Mutter's Moor. The assemblage includes cores, utilised flakes, a blade fragment, scrapers & a Mesolithic pick. The site lies to the south of the survey area.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1892 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Collection of flints recovered from Peak Hill including cores, flakes, scrapers, blades and a Mesolithic pick.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV101648Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.26. A4 Unbound + Digital. 22, Part 1; 154, Part 2: Gazetteer, Site No. 411.
SDV116511Record Office Collection: Exeter Museum. EXE/155/1975/4 EXE/A 4066 EXE/A 4127.
SDV339321Un-published: Hutchinson, P. O.. 1848-1894. Diaries. Devon Record Office Collection. Manuscript.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 1892.
SDV358775Worksheet: Unknown. 1986. Peak Hill - Flint Finds. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV8096Monograph: Wymer, J. J.. 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. 20. Hardback Volume. 63.

Associated Monuments

MDV11078Related to: Flint Scatter, Sidmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV674 - BLADE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FDV673 - CORE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FDV676 - CORE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FDV677 - CORE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FDV671 - FLAKE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FDV672 - SCRAPER (TOOL) (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FDV675 - PICK (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC)

Associated Events

  • EDV3432 - East Devon heathlands archaeological survey

Date Last Edited:Oct 18 2016 1:34PM