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HER Number:MDV561
Name:Flints found on Cliff Edge at Saunton Down


Mesolithic flint implements found along cliff face on edge of Saunton Down include flakes, cores, scrapers and a micro-burin. The system of earthworks along the south slope of the down appears to represent a series of agricultural terraces rather than a prehistoric 'camp'.


Grid Reference:SS 434 382
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NW/5
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS43NW 4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ARTEFACT SCATTER (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1951 - 1954, SS43NW 4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV342406.

Mesolithic flakes, cores and scraper.
1. Visited in August 1951. Flakes and cores, also one thumb scraper made from pebble flake with retouching around edge of cortex. Probably Mesolithic. Found along cliff face area [SS43433812].
2. Visited on 30/09/1953. The upper cliff in the area indicated was carefully inspected. There were no finds. The coast is subject to considerable erosion.
3. Visited 29/06/1954. [SS434381 at A] Several points and a micro-burin found.

Gardner, K. S., 1957, A Mesolithic Survey of North Devon, 163-164 (Article in Serial). SDV7582.

Most of the implements have been found south-east of the Coastguard Station but they occur a quarter of a mile on either side of it.The assemblage includes one micro-burin, 2 obliquely blunted points, thumb scrapers, core trimmings, and a number of worked blades.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 1098 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Saunton down. A system of earthworks runs along the south slope of the down, which in spite of the title 'Camp' on some maps has the appearance of being a series of agricultural terraces. Flints of Neolithic and Bronze age type found in the area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 1098. [Mapped feature: #35489 ]
SDV342406Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1951 - 1954. SS43NW 4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV7582Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1957. A Mesolithic Survey of North Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 163-164.

Associated Monuments

MDV563Related to: Earthwork lynchets on Saunton Down (Monument)
MDV560Related to: Flint Scatter between Lookout Station and Down End House (Monument)
MDV562Related to: Flint scatters on Saunton Down (Monument)
MDV559Related to: Ridged Flake from Saunton Down (Find Spot)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 10 2017 3:46PM