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HER Number:18163.10
Name:CARN BREA - Mesolithic findspot


A microlith, five blades, a scraper and two other pieces have been found on Carn Brea.

Grid Reference:SW 6855 4080
Parish:Carn Brea, Kerrier, Cornwall
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Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument CO79: Carn Brea Castle
  • Conservation Area: CARN BREA

Other References/Statuses

  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW64SE 81
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 18163.10
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SW64SE 113.2-.5-.1

Monument Type(s):

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC)

Full description

A microlith in Camborne Museum, and five blades, a scraper and two other pieces now in Plymouth Museum represent evidence for the earliest phase of activity or occupation on Carn Brea Hill during the Mesolithic period.
A total of 26,382 pieces of worked flint and chert were recovered during the 1970-1973 excavations, mainly from the eastern summit, but only 5% of this came from stratified contexts. Among the unstratified flint were several microliths and other typologically Mesolithic artefacts.

<1> Wymer, JJ, 1977, Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales, NO 20, 36 (Bibliographic reference). SCO5075.

<2> Ordnance Survey, 19--, OS Card Index (Unpublished document). SCO5189.

Sources / Further Reading

[1]SCO5075 - Bibliographic reference: Wymer, JJ. 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales. CBA Research Report. NO 20, 36.
[2]SCO5189 - Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey. 19--. OS Card Index.

Associated Finds

  • FCO3254 - BLADE (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FCO1256 - MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FCO1257 - SCRAPER (TOOL) (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records

18163Part of: CARN BREA - Neolithic tor enclosure, Iron Age hillfort (Monument)