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HER Number:MDV98
Name:Greenstone Axe from Southdown Farm, Hartland


Greenstone axe.


Grid Reference:SS 294 234
Map Sheet:SS22SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22SE/5/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3991.

Stone celt: sowden (southdown). Found here by r. Egerton godwin. Polished oval in section with a conical butt. The cutting edge has been lost; apparently used as a hammer, since the broad end has been bruised and worn. Of pyroxenite, granular texture resistant to any fine polish; no closely similar rock to be found in devon or cornwall. In form and material resembles certain "greenstone" celts described by evans, principally from yorkshire.(worth). Petrological analysis defined the axe as greenstone.(pps cited by os). Axe on display in museum at athenaeum in barnstaple (timms).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6758.

Worth, r. H. /tda/68(1936)137 pl.8,figs.1,2,3,/scientific memoranda.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6759.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6760.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6761.

Des=timms, s. C. /as above/(22/11/1982).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6762.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 209 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Greenstone celt found. Axe on display in museum at Athenaeum in Barnstaple.

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. 209.
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Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV2988 - AXE HEAD (Early Neolithic to Unknown - 4000 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 28 2015 10:40AM