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HER Number:MDV24522
Name:Stockland Little Camp, Prehistoric Handaxe


Prehistoric chert handaxe found at Stockland Little Camp in 1969


Grid Reference:ST 230 036
Map Sheet:ST20SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStockland
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOCKLAND

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST20SW/55
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: ST20SW12
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: ST20SW20

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Mesolithic - 698000 BC to 4001 BC (Between))

Full description

Council for British Archaeology, 1971, Untitled Source, 11 (Article in Serial). SDV116166.

Palaeolithic chert hand axe. 12 centimetres long and 6.35 centimetres wide at the butt. Found at Stockland Little Camp. Grid reference given; SY245065, is clearly wrong as this would place the find in the sea. Correct Grid Reference for Stockland Little Camp given above.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, ST20SW12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV116133.

Grid References given by the Council for British Archaeology are incorrect. On entry states that the chert handaxe is Mesolithic and the other that it is Palaeolithic but the fact that they were both found in 1969 at Stockland Little Camp with identical measurements suggests they are the same artefact. This would appear to be the same artefact described on Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card number ST20SW20.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV116168.

NB. Whether these are really two separate axes; whether one is Mesolithic; why there are two Ordnance Survey entries and why Exeter Museum (letter S. M. Pearce to Ordnance Survey 7/10/1975) has no trace of them, is unclear.

Hosfield, R. + Brown, T. + Basell, L. + Hounsell, S. + Young, R., 2006, The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain: Final Report (Phases I & II), 45 (Report - non-specific). SDV341644.

Handaxe found at Stocklands Little Camp.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV116133Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. ST20SW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV116166Article in Serial: Council for British Archaeology. 1971. Archaeological Review. 6. Unknown. 11.
SDV116168Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1985.
SDV341644Report - non-specific: Hosfield, R. + Brown, T. + Basell, L. + Hounsell, S. + Young, R.. 2006. The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain: Final Report (Phases I & II). English Heritage Report. PNUM 3847. A4 Stapled + Digital. 45.

Associated Monuments

MDV50446Related to: Flint Scatter, Stockland Little Camp (Monument)
MDV1918Related to: Stockland Little Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV3884 - HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Unknown - 698000 BC)
  • FDV570 - Axe (Middle Palaeolithic to Early Neolithic - 99999 BC to 3500 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 30 2013 11:40AM