MDE20094 - Bronze Age stone axe hammer from Leeball Field (Find Spot)


A stone axe hammer was ploughed up circa 1944 in a field called 'Leeball Field'; it is not clear whether this is within the National Park boundary area. It most likely came from Cornwall and dates probably within the early and middle Bronze Age.

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Full Description

SS 686 396. Perforated stone axe hammer ploughed up circa 1944-5 in field called 'Leeball Field,' Buscombe Farm, Challacombe on western edge of Exmoor. Identified by the City Museum, Bristol, and studied by the stone axe subcommittee (no.1051). Microscopically a greenish-grey greenstone weathering rough; microscopically consisting of felspar, chlorite augite and magnetite with colourless horn blende. Most likely from Cornwall. Date probably within the early and middle Bronze Age, roughly between 1600 and 1200 BC. It has a hole for insertion of the handle. It remains in possession of the finder, a Mr HP Dallyn. [1-3] Greenstone axe hammer. No 1051. [4] N.B. The exact findspot for the axe hammer is not known and may lie outside the National Park boundary. It was recorded on the Devon HER as SS 686 397; the site has been moved on the Exmoor NP HER GIS to ensure it is presently shown within the NP boundary but still within the Lee Ball area. [5,6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Serial: Devonshire Association. 1862 -. Devonshire Association reports and transactions. Volume 90 (1958), 24th Report on archaeology and early history, p216, figure 33 (Fox, A).
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Oral information from LV Grinsell, City Museum, Bristol..
  • <3> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 31, 196.
  • <4> Serial: The Prehistoric Society. 1935 -. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Volume 38 (1972), The identification of stone implements, 235,262 (Evens, ED, Smith, IF, Wallis, FS).
  • <5> Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records. 1972.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Catherine Dove, 21 January 2018.



Grid reference SS 686 398 (point)
Map sheet SS63NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 1972
  • Devon SMR: SS63NE/1
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE995
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 63 NE21
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 34550

Record last edited

Jan 21 2019 4:09PM


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