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HER Number:MDV5257
Name:Paleolithic hand axe found near Western White Barrow

Summary

Brent Moor, hand-axe of grey flint, tongue-shaped. Has a considerable patch of the original outer skin of the flint module, left at the bulbous end. Form and condition indicate an early palaeolith. Found in 1931 on the water parting between the Avon and the Erme, near Western Whitaburrow. Measures 10.8 centimetres by 6.0 centimetres by 3.7 centimetres thick.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 645 655
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishHarford
Civil ParishSouth Brent
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE44
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/69
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/82
  • Pastscape: 441484
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic - 698000 BC to 180001 BC (Between))

Full description

Anon, 1929-32, Flint Tools, 143 (Article in Serial). SDV362703.


Worth, R. H., 1931, A flint implement of Palaeolithic type from Dartmoor, 359-60, plate 19 (Article in Serial). SDV147687.

Brent Moor, hand-axe of grey flint, tongue-shaped. Has a considerable patch of the original outer skin of the flint module, left at the bulbous end. Form and condition indicate an early palaeolith. Found on the water parting between the Avon and the Erme, near Western Whitaburrow.
Dimensions: 108 millimetres length, 60 millimetres greatest width, 37 millimetres thick, weight 180 grams. Patinated grey flint hand axe. Fire does not appear to have touched this implement. Considerable remains of cortex at the bulbous end, consistent with Palaeolithic origin.


Anonymous, 1934, Another Devonshire Palaeolith, 177 (Article in Serial). SDV145872.

Flint implement of Palaeolithic type. Found May 1931 on the water parting between the Avon and the Erme, near Western Whitaburrow at approximately 435 metres.


Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 450 (Monograph). SDV231148.

(SX 654655) A Palaeolithic hand axe was found by R. H. Worth, on Brent Moor, in May 1931. Measurements are, length 108 millimetres, width 60 millimetres and thickness 37 millimetres.
It was found on the water-parting between the Avon and the Erme, near Western White Barrow.


Roe, D. A., 1968, A Gazetteer of British Lower & Middle Palaeolithic Sites, 42 (Report - non-specific). SDV124464.


Wessex Archaeology, 1992 - 1993, Southern Rivers Palaeolithic Project, 174 (Report - non-specific). SDV124459.


Richards, A. F., 2019, Note on location of this find (Personal Comment). SDV145874.

A note on the HER record appears to indicate that this find is held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter. No further details available.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124459Report - non-specific: Wessex Archaeology. 1992 - 1993. Southern Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Wessex Archaeology Report. 2. A4 Stapled + Digital. 174.
SDV124464Report - non-specific: Roe, D. A.. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower & Middle Palaeolithic Sites. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. 8. Digital. 42.
SDV145872Article in Serial: Anonymous. 1934. Another Devonshire Palaeolith. Antiquaries Journal. 14. Unknown. 177.
SDV145874Personal Comment: Richards, A. F.. 2019. Note on location of this find. Not Applicable.
SDV147687Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1931. A flint implement of Palaeolithic type from Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 63. Paperback Volume. 359-60, plate 19.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 450. [Mapped feature: #116422 ]
SDV362703Article in Serial: Anon. 1929-32. Flint Tools. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Exploration Society. 1. 143.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV3204 - HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic - 698000 BC to 180001 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 15 2019 3:36PM