Record Details

NHER Number:3890
Type of record:Monument
Name:Mesolithic flint working site

Summary

A significant number of Mesolithic worked flints were found here in 1960. These finds included blades/flakes, cores, tranchet axes and microliths. The field to the south of this site has also produced a notable number of Mesolithic flints (NHER 4105).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8023 1505
Map Sheet:TF81NW
Parish:CASTLE ACRE, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK
SOUTHACRE, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1960. Fieldwalking.
Mesolithic "flint industry" discovered T. E. Matthew in 1960. The finds recovered are listed on (S1) as an unspecified number of long flakes (blades?), "about 60 good cores", "core trimmings", 2 tranchet axes, 2 tranchet axe-sharpening flakes and 4 "microlithic points". These discoveries were reported in (S2). The flints from this site are listed in (S3), although the quantifications are identical to those given by (S1), suggesting the finds themselves had not been examined.

The King's Lynn Museum's T. E. Matthews collection includes a number of Mesolithic flints from South Acre (KILLM : 1977.130.35). These are recorded as "microliths, core tools and blades from South Acre Mesolithic site", suggesting that most, if not all, are from this site. This collection was examined by R. Jacobi, although the only items recorded as Mesolithic in (S4) are 7 microliths.

The precise location of these finds is not entirely clear, with only an approximate grid reference given by (S1) and (S2) (T 801 150). A note has however been added to (S1) indicating these finds were from an area centred at TF 8025 1505. This places these finds somewhere in the vicinity of the Southacre/Castle Acre parish boundary, close to where it appears a number of other Mesolithic worked flints were recovered in 1947 (NHER 4105).

Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 13 June 2013 and 15 August 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • LITHIC WORKING SITE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • CORE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • TRANCHET AXEHEAD (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • TRANCHET FLAKE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards.
---Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Mesolithic.
<S2>Serial: 1960. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1960. No 7. p 5.
<S3>Monograph: Wymer, J. J. and Bonsall, C. J. (eds). 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales with a Gazetteer of Upper Palaeolithic Sites in England and Wales. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. No. 20. p 213.
<S4>Archive: R. Jacobi. -. Jacobi Archive. 10356.

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