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HER Number:MDV7003
Name:Greenstone axe found in field bordering the Blackaton Brook

Summary

A Neolithic greenstone axe was found in 1952 in a marshy field bordering the Blackaton brook between East Week and West Gooseford farm, by O. Greig. The field has also yielded a leaf arrowhead and flint waste. An axe in Exeter City Museum Catalogue (accession number 54/1952) from South Tawton is probably the axe in question.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 673 913
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 69 SE 18
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/50
  • Pastscape: 444087

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC? (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1954, SX69SE18 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV241773.

SX 673913 A greenstone axe was found in 1952 in a marshy field bordering the Blackaton brook between East Week and West Gooseford farm, by O. Greig. It measures 18.6 centimetres long and 6.4 centimetres broad tapering to 2.8 centimetres at its butt, which is damaged, and it is 2.3 centimetres thick. The Stone Axe Committee place the axe in Group IV, a greenstone originating on Balstone Down, Callington. The field has yielded a leaf arrowhead and flint waste, the nearest source for which is Beer Head.


Pearce, S. M., 1978, Devon in Prehistory, Exeter City Museum 41 (No.45) (Monograph). SDV273286.

An axe in Exeter City Museum Catalogue, Acc No. 54/1952 from South Tawton is probably this axe.


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

The Implement Petrology Group Artefact No. is 815 (Devon 47) (citing edited by T H McK Clough, W A Cummins 1988 Stone axe studies, volume 2. The petrology of prehistoric stone implements from the British Isles, CBA research reports Vol.1 (1955)- 67 Page 148)

Sources / Further Reading

SDV241773Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1954. SX69SE18. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273286Monograph: Pearce, S. M.. 1978. Devon in Prehistory. Devon in Prehistory. Paperback Volume. Exeter City Museum 41 (No.45).
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV3267 - AXE HEAD (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 42 AD?)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 9 2018 5:34PM