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HER Number:MDV8467
Name:Axe found at Natton Hole Quarry, Drewsteignton


A Neolithic stone axe was found in 1950 at Natton Hole Quarry, Whiddon Down and was presented to Exeter Museum (probably the axe with accession number 45/1950/1).


Grid Reference:SX 701 914
Map Sheet:SX79SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDrewsteignton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDREWSTEIGNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX79SW7
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445786
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX79SW/27

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Fox, A., 1951, Eighteenth Report on the Archaeology and Early History of Devon, 37-38 (Article in Serial). SDV15558.

A stone axe, 7.75 inches long and 3.3 inches broad in the centre, 2 inches broad near the butt, was found in 1950 at Natton Hole Quarry, Whiddon Down and has been presented to Exeter Museum. It is of local stone, similar to that from the quarry which is an altered shale, a hornfels, with a pale grey surface superficially resembling chert (Col Ransom Pickard).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX79SW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV223189.

(27/05/1952) Sited at SX 70169148.
(08/04/1953) No further information was obtained during field investigation. The small disused quarry contains a shale type of stone associated with iron ore and does not appear suitable for the manufacture of axes. None of the axe material was found.
Another axe of this material found at Kenley, Surrey suggests that Nattonhole Quarry was probably an axe factory site (citing correspondence: Fox, A., 1951).

Fox, A., 1973, South West England 3,500BC - AD600 (Revised Edition), 94 (Monograph). SDV16216.

Long thin axe with a characteristic square butt, from Drewsteignton in the Teign Valley. A Neolithic ?flint axe from Nattonhole Quarry, South Zeal [sic] SX 6593 [sic] is in Exeter City Museum, Accession No. 45/1950/1.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 11/06/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

It is probable that the axe catalogued in Exeter is the same as that refered to in 1951 (citing Fitzgerald R J 14-Oct-1992 RCHME Recording).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV15558Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1951. Eighteenth Report on the Archaeology and Early History of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 83. A5 Hardback. 37-38. [Mapped feature: #51303 ]
SDV16216Monograph: Fox, A.. 1973. South West England 3,500BC - AD600 (Revised Edition). South West England. Hardback Volume. 94.
SDV223189Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX79SW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 11/06/2021.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV2592 - AXE HEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 11 2021 10:58AM