Record Details

NHER Number:6875
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Neolithic flint hoard and prehistoric quern


A hoard of seven Neolithic flint axeheads was ploughed up in 1953, three years after a polished Neolithic axehead had been discovered in the same field. In 1995 a prehistoric stone quern was turned up, again by the plough.


  • A Neolithic flint axe hoard from Knapton  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 3038 3528
Map Sheet:TG33NW

Full description

1953. 14m (15 yards) from a spring 1.2km (3/4 of a mile) north of Parish Room.
Hoard of seven chipped flint axes found through deep ploughing. Three found in March 1953 and four more in October.

Site excavated by R. R. Clarke (NCM) on 25 October 1953 but nothing further found. Wrote in 1954 about borrowing the hoard for photography but no reply.

Eastern Daily Press photograph of the first three axes found (S1) and press cutting (S2) with photograph of two those axes in file. Press cutting (S3) of the four axeheads found later that year also in file.

1950 Same field as site of hoard of flint axes found in 1953
Polished flint axehead. See (S3) and (S4).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

1995. Ploughed up. Saddle quern, complete except for hole; possibly worn through it or plough damaged in a very thin area.
W. Milligan (NCM), 12 July 1996.

Aircraft crash site formerly recorded here is now NHER 44360.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • HOARD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Knapton [2].
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1954. Norwich Museum Excavations 1953. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 6 (for 1953) p 2.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Photograph: Eastern Daily Press. 1953. Copyright photograph.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1953. More Chipped Flint Axe Heads Found at Knapton. 22 October.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1953. Flint Knapper's Work at Knapton: Axe-Heads About 4000 Years Old Unearthed. 12 March.
<S4>Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1957. Archaeological Discoveries in Norfolk 1949-54. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXI pp 395-416. p 397.

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44360Related to: World War Two aircraft crash site (Monument)

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