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HER Number:MDV30021
Name:Palstave at Woodbury Castle


A Bronze Age palstave, found in a field adjacent to woodbury castle.


Grid Reference:SY 033 873
Map Sheet:SY08NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWoodbury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWOODBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SY08NW26
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY08NW/16/5
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SY08NW

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SY08NW (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV338759.

NMR, SY08NW26 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV338761.

Pearce, S. M., 1976, The Middle and Late Bronze Age Metalwork of the South-West and its Relationship to Settlement, 28 (Article in Serial). SDV338753.

A Bronze Age palstave, formerly in Exeter Museum, but now lost, was found in a field adjacent to Woodbury Castle. The settlement might be associated with the implement.

Pearce, S. M., 1983, The Bronze Age Metalwork of South Western Britain, 460 (Monograph). SDV341822.

Socketed axe, 3 ribs on face, loop damaged on finding, length 56 millimetres, blade width 43 millimetres, socket diameter external 36 x 45 millimetres. Exeter Museum Records describe this find as a palstave (Summer 1960), but when the piece re-appeared in June 1978, it was this socketed axe.

Unknown, Undated, Woodbury Common (Un-published). SDV358422.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338753Article in Serial: Pearce, S. M.. 1976. The Middle and Late Bronze Age Metalwork of the South-West and its Relationship to Settlement. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 34. Paperback Volume. 28.
SDV338759Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SY08NW. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV338761National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SY08NW26. NMR Index. Card Index.
SDV341822Monograph: Pearce, S. M.. 1983. The Bronze Age Metalwork of South Western Britain. British Archaeological Reports. 120. Photocopy. 460.
SDV358422Un-published: Unknown. Undated. Woodbury Common. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV10500Related to: Woodbury Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV987 - PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)
  • FDV3943 - PALSTAVE (LANEBA to Unknown - 2200 BC)
  • FDV988 - SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 29 2015 1:07PM