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HER Number:MDV562
Name:Flint scatters on Saunton Down

Summary

Flints of Neolithic and Bronze Age type occur in animal disturbances and under ploughed conditions along the 500 foot crest of the hill, including arrowheads, scrapers, and a retouched fragment of a polished axe.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 436 381
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NW/6
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS43NW 2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ARTEFACT SCATTER (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1954 - 1977, SS43NW 2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV342419.

Flints.
1. [SS437383 at A, B, C] A few flints in the bare patches.


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

There are several fresh water springs on the Down, which appears to have been occupied during the later Prehistoric periods as well as by - one presumes - Mesolithic hunter nomads. Flints of Neolithic and Bronze Age type occur in animal disturbances and under ploughed conditions along the 500 foot crest of the hill. These include a fine barbed and tanged arrowhead, a broken leaf-shaped arrowhead, a large number of scrapers, and a retouched fragment of a polished axe. The raw material is beach pebble, flint and chert


Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Archaeology of Exmoor, 185 (Monograph). SDV1641.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 1095 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Sea cliff edge of Saunton Down. Topped by hill-wash derived from the down. Most flint implements found south-east of coastguard station, but do occur quarter of a mile iether side of it. Neolithic, Mesolithic and Bronze Age represented.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1641Monograph: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. A5 Hardback. 185.
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. 1095. [Mapped feature: #35546 ]
SDV342419Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1954 - 1977. SS43NW 2. 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)
MDV561Related to: Flints found on Cliff Edge at 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 3:42PM