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HER Number:MDV54282
Name:Prehistoric Handaxe from Gammon's Hill Quarry


Prehistoric handaxe and flakes found at Gammon's Hill Quarry


Grid Reference:SY 277 982
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKilmington
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishKILMINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/315

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Palaeolithic - 698000 BC to 8001 BC (Between))

Full description

Wessex Archaeology, 1992 - 1993, Southern Rivers Palaeolithic Project, 163-4 (Report - non-specific). SDV124459.

Prehistoric handaxe and 8 flakes recovered from Gammons Hill Quarry or New Pit are currently in the Macrae Collection at Taunton Museum. The area has now been levelled and grassed but the west face of the quarry is still extant. Other details: AX-2 No 6.

Horner, B., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV341683.

The Grid Reference given by Wessex Archaeology is SY277982. However the gravel pit on the early 19th century map is to the southeast at SY27609815 and Gammon's Hill Quarry is shown on mid 20th century aerial photgraphs to the south. The principal lithic finds have come from works to south of the road.

Hosfield, R. + Brown, T. + Basell, L. + Hounsell, S. + Young, R., 2006, The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain: Final Report (Phases I & II), 15,45 (Report - non-specific). SDV341644.

Richards, A., 2009, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV341684.

This artefact may be the same as the chert handaxe of Acheulian type from Taunton Museum which was also found at Gammon's Hill Quarry.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124459Report - non-specific: Wessex Archaeology. 1992 - 1993. Southern Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Wessex Archaeology Report. 2. A4 Stapled + Digital. 163-4.
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. 15,45.
SDV341683Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1995.
SDV341684Personal Comment: Richards, A.. 2009.

Associated Monuments

MDV36899Related to: Gravel Pit at Gammon Hill (Monument)
MDV58835Related to: Kilmimgton Quarry (Monument)
MDV28387Related to: Palaeolithic Handaxe from Gammon's Hill Quarry, Kilmington (Find Spot)
MDV53622Related to: Prehistoric Axes from the Axminster Area (Find Spot)
MDV58836Related to: Probable Gravel Pit at Gammon's Hill, Kilmington (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV4251 - HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Unknown - 698000 BC)

Associated Events

  • EDV4433 - Sections Examined at Kilmington Quarry

Date Last Edited:Mar 22 2012 12:00AM