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HER Number:MDV233
Name:Flint scatter, Georgeham


A flint scatter of likely Mesolithic date near the path to Baggy Point.


Grid Reference:SS 427 401
Map Sheet:SS44SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGeorgeham
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGEORGEHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS44SW/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FLINT SCATTER (Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 8000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91627.

Mesolithic site near path to baggy point from croyde and just west of the stream. Due south of hoe farm on cliff edge. Excavated by townsend m. Hall in 1865. Ideal situation- a flat ledge at the mouth of a valley 5m above sea level, sheltered from the north by a 91m high ridge of hills. Flints discovered all over the flat area. Occur about 1m or so below of alluvial soil resting on the drift material. The lowest 160mm are much darker than the rest and contain the majority of the finds. He obtained 366 pieces, most of which seem to have been waste flakes and core, the latter of the usual mesolithic type. A hard sandstone implement described as a "hatchet" and some crude pieces of sun-baked plain pottery containing quartz formed the balance of the material recovered. The occurrence of pottery, if contemporary with the bulk of the flint assemblage, suggests a late date and a fusion of basic cultures. Recent discoveries have produced cores, micro-burins, trimmings, points with blunted backs and notched flakes from baggy headland. The source of the raw material is beach pebbles and chert, probably from blackdown. Meso flaking floor area b. Hundreds of flakes, and a few cores, all from pebbles.5 microburins and points with blunted backs. Other worked points.2 chips of chert. Flint flakes and cores found in rabbit scrapes in cliff face in 1863 by mr. Townsend hall, who excavated at the site and found an urn. Selection of flakes at the atheneum, barnstaple. In 1903, thomas young found similar flints, and also a pigmy flint with secondary working.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91631.

Gardner, k. /tda/89(1957)162-163/mesolithic survey north devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91632.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91633.

Young, t. /tda/38(1906)261-266/pigmy stone implements in north devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91634.

Bate, c. S. /tda/1 pt.5(1866)128-130/an attempt to date the flint flakes of devon and cornwall.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91635.

Wymer, j. J. /gazetteer of mesolithic sites(cba res rep 20)/(1977)57.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91636.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91637.

Griffiths, f. /devon's past:an aerial view/(1988)21.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91638.

Hall, t. M. /tda/22(1890)319/on barum tobacco-pipes and north devon clays.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91639.

Hall, t. M. /intellectual observer/8(?)355.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV91640.

Ntas/the morte estate: properties between ilfracombe and croyde part 1: baggy point/(1999)14.

Wymer, J. J., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV12439.

The finds, the hall and bunch collections are now in the north devon athenaeum, barnstaple (wymer).

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

Vis=2/10/1953 (os) waste flakes found in no great quantity in the soft cliff face, at depths varying from 0.2m to 0.8m below the top. No further information about the urn obtained.

BATE, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV303967.

Probably includes the flints, hammers or whetstones, and coarse pot fragments said to have been found here, discussed by bate (bate).

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 1597 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Mesolithic site near path to Baggy Point from Croyde & just west of stream. Due south of Hoe Farm on cliff edge. Excavated by townsend m. Hall in 1865. Finds c. 1m below the alluvium. Many recent discoveries from headland.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV12439Migrated Record: Wymer, J. J..
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV303967Migrated Record: BATE.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 1597.
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Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2016 11:46AM