MEM15256 - Prehistoric flint core from Red Sand Bay (Find Spot)


A flint core of prehistoric date was recovered from a stratified context in Red Sand Bay, Porlock Beach. A subsequent assessment excavation was mounted to identify whether further flint was present.

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A flint core of prehistoric date was recovered from a stratified context of alluvium below peat in Red Sand Bay, Porlock Beach. Following the recovery of the flint core in Red Sand Bay, a limited assessment excavation was carried out to determine whether further flints were present and to provide stratigraphic context. A small area of circa 0.5 square metres was excavated to a maximum depth of 80 millimetres. A 650 gram sample was taken for charcoal floatation. The excavated peat and alluvium was seived through a 5 millimetre mesh. No further artefacts were found but samples of macro-fossil plant remains and small quantities of fragmentary bivalve shell recovered. [1]

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Report: McDonnell, R.. 2003. Porlock Bay and Marsh: Record of Archaeological Monitoring 2002-2003. P. 12.



Grid reference SS 8713 4771 (point)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:08PM


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