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HER Number:MDV11906
Name:Artefact Scatter on Buckland Down, Mortehoe


Flint implements found in the neighbourhood of Spreacombe.


Grid Reference:SS 48 41
Map Sheet:SS44SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGeorgeham
Civil ParishMortehoe
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMORTEHOE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS44SE/13

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ARTEFACT SCATTER (Mesolithic to Late Bronze Age - 8000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

In the nieghbourhood of Spreacombe remarkably good flint instruments have been found. Several fine scrapers and arrowheads.

Area around Spreacombe was perambulated but no flints found.

YOUNG, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277811.

Vis=estimated -/-/1906 (young) remarkably good flint instruments found, several fine scrapers, and some of the arrowheads are both stemmed and barbed. The percentage of worked implements is higher than usual in relation to number of wasters. Few however bear the characteristics of genuine pigmy flints.

MUSEUM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3813.

The collection in exeter museum includes 1 microlith, 1 microburin, 1 fabricator, 1 awl, 1 core, 1 knife, 2 blades with secondary working, 6 scrapers and 8 'thumbnail' scrapers - 5 of which are pebble flint (mus).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV59763.

Arrowheads and probable b. A. Flaking floor near spreacombe.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV59768.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV59769.

Young, t. /tda/38(1906)266-267/pigmy implements in north devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV59771.

Mus=exe 107/1910-121/1910 + 396-402/1910.

02/11/1998, Thomas Young's Spreacombe Site (Personal Comment). SDV59770.

The above grid reference is that suggested by Ordnance Survey. However, a map by Thomas Young in the RAM Museum, Exeter (copy in parish file) locates his 'Spreacombe' finds at a point around SS483422. The site is probably related to SS44SE/24. A further excellent assemblage of material, including microliths, attributed to 'Spreacombe', was seen in Ilfracombe Museum in 1987.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277811Migrated Record: YOUNG.
SDV3813Migrated Record: MUSEUM.
SDV59763Migrated Record:
SDV59768Migrated Record:
SDV59769Migrated Record:
SDV59770Personal Comment: 02/11/1998. Thomas Young's Spreacombe Site. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV59771Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 13 2015 9:17AM