Record Details

NHER Number:34519
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Mesolithic worked flints, Mesolithic/Neolithic flint axe and post-medieval metal objects


Metal detecting here between 1998 and 1999 recovered a number of prehistoric flints, including several pieces of probable Mesolithic debitage. Two flaked flint axes were also found; one of which is Neolithic or Mesolithic and the other of more certain Neolithic date. A post-medieval barrel tap fragment and a possible post-medieval harness ring were the only metal objects of note to be found. This site is one of several in this area to have produced Mesolithic finds and lies immediately to the north of what appears to be the main concentation of material (see NHER 19824).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 84 12
Map Sheet:TF81SW

Full description

1998. Stray Find.
1 Neolithic flaked flint axe Found at [1] (NCM Enquiry No. EO6888). See drawing (S1).
Identified by P. Robins (NCM), see description in file.
K. Sussams (NCM) 20 April 1999. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 6 June 2013.

1998. Metal-detecting.
Examination of area described by finder as "Sporle-with-Palgrave, 152 Army Field" (NCM Enquiry No: E1217). The extent of the area examined is unclear, particularly as this record was previously only mapped as a point (which represented the findspot of the Neolithic axe found in 1998). Finds recovered included:
1 Mesolithic flint blade, 2 blade-like flakes, 1 flake, and 1 ?pebble core.
1 Neolithic (or possibly Mesolithic) flaked flint axe. See sketch (S2).
1 post-medieval barrel tap fragment and 1 ?harness ring.
See file for full descriptions.
K. Hinds (NLA) 26 January 2000. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 6 June 2013.

1999. Metal-detecting. NCM Enquiry No: E1243.
Metal detecting of field containing Neolithic axe find spot no significant finds.
All eleven objects are late post medieval, as is one coin.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 23 June 2000.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC? to 2351 BC?)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • CORE? (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • FLAKE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • FLAKED AXEHEAD (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FLAKED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • RING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TAP (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Robins, P. 1998. Drawing of a Neolithic flaked flint axehead. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Robins, P. 1999. Sketch of a Mesolithic/Neolithic flaked flint axehead from Sporle with Palgrave. Paper. 1:1.

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