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HER Number MWB10661
Record Type Find Spot
Name Field near Borson Barrows

Grid Reference SU 573 626
Map Sheet SU56SE
Parish Brimpton, West Berkshire
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Neolithic axe found on surface of field in 1959, uncertain exact location

Other Statuses and Cross-References

  • Berkshire SMR No. (pre 2000): 01778.00.000
  • National Monuments Record No.: SU 56 SE 12
    SU 5739 6264

Monument Type(s):

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Full Description

Axe found on surface of field - "a fine polished stone celt approx 5 ¾" in length. Found on surface near tumulus. Now in Newbury Museum. No 1960.1. H H Coghlan 19.1.60." <1>

The original annotated findspot was marked at c SU 56971 62909 next to Bell Barrow 6A <1>, although the NMR's grid reference is SU 5739 6264 <2>, nearly 1km to the southeast of this barrow. The spot is marked on the 5th Epoch Ordnance Survey mapping <3> and hence has been used for the location of the axe, though it is possible that Coghlan's notes were more accurate.

Sources and further reading

<01>Archaeology Branch of Ordnance Survey & Newbury Museum staff. 1913 onwards. Newbury Museum Archaeology Map XLIV SW.. 44SW. 6 inch. Annotated in pen (H H Coghlan 19/1/60). [Map / SWB12868]
<02>Ordnance Survey. 1960s-70s. Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments. F1 GHP 24-APR-62. [Personal observation / SWB14640]
<03>Ordnance Survey. 1962-1981. Ordnance Survey Epoch 5, 1:2500. 1:2500. 1:2500, 1969, Marked 'Neolithic stone axe found A D 1959'. [Map / SWB14665]

Related Monuments

MWB1518Brimpton Common Bell Barrow 'A' - 250m NW of Larkwhistle Farm (Monument)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

  • None recorded