MEM22498 - Probable Mesolithic stone hammer found on Spooners (Find Spot)


An elongated stone pebble was found which showed signs of battering at both ends, suggesting use as a tool. It appears similar to tools of Mesolithic date.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Spooners, which included this site. An elongated stone pebble was recovered from an area where peat had been disturbed during drainage ditch blocking. The pebble showed signs of battering at both ends, suggesting its use as a tool. It appears similar to tools recovered from Hawkcombe Head and Brendon Common of Mesolithic date. This, combined with its location close to a spring and in a fairly sheltered location raises the possibility of a Mesolithic occupation site under the peat in this area. [1] A geophysical survey was undertaken of the area to determine whether any archaeological features could be observed. [2]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Report: Thorogood, S.. 2015. Results of excavation on Spooners, Exmoor.
  • <1> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Spooners, Exmoor: Results of Archaeological Walkover Surveys and Post Mire Restoration Monitoring. 12, 19.
  • <2> Report: Adcock, J.. 2014. Geophysical Survey Report G1456; Spooners, Exmoor: Gradiometer, Resistance and Electromagnetic Survey.



Grid reference SS 7773 3706 (point)
Map sheet SS73NE

Finds (1)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (3)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): ESP13(308)

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:33PM


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