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HER Number:MDV4160
Name:Polished stone axe found at Wedlake

Summary

A Neolithic ground and polished stone axe was found in 1964 while cutting back a hedge-bank in the kitchen garden at Wedlake. The axe is now in Plymouth City Museum.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 538 774
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NW 55
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/49
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX57NW55
  • Pastscape: 439886

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Barber, J., 1965, 28th Report on Archaeology and Early History, 90-1, fig. 2 (Article in Serial). SDV91115.

This ground and polished stone axe was found in 1964 while cutting a hedge-bank, to enlarge the kitchen garden at Wedlake. Most of the original polished surface has weathered away, leaving thin veins of harder material standing out obliquely at irregular intervals. Now in Plymouth City Museum (1964.13.1).


Evens, E. D. + Smith, I. F. + Wallis, F. S., 1972, The identification of stone implements, 269 (Article in Serial). SDV254826.

The implement petrology survey of the south-west (no. 1268) found it to be made of a thermally, highly altered sedimentary rock. Not assignable to any group or factory. Macroscopically, the axe is greyish-green, coarse-grained, bluish-grey on the cut surface. Microscopically it consists of a fine mixture of pale green very feebly pleochroic amphibole and a pale brown, weakly pleochroic mica together with grains of leucoxene and ilmenite.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

A Neolithic ground and polished stone axe was found in 1964 while cutting back a hedge-bank in the kitchen garden at Wedlake. The axe is now in Plymouth City Museum (citing Barber, 1965..

Sources / Further Reading

SDV254826Article in Serial: Evens, E. D. + Smith, I. F. + Wallis, F. S.. 1972. The identification of stone implements. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 38. Unknown. 269.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV91115Article in Serial: Barber, J.. 1965. 28th Report on Archaeology and Early History. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 90-1, fig. 2.

Associated Monuments

MDV108044Related to: Wedlake farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV3163 - AXE HEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 9 2018 4:44PM