MSO7523 - Prehistoric flint at Hopcott Common (Find Spot)


Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic flint and chert implements, found in the vicinity of Hopcott Common. The site may be located outside the National Park boundary.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Flint axes, arrowheads, implements etc., from a 'floor' on Hopcott Hill, Minehead. [1] The Cornish Collection in Taunton Museum contains a number of flint implements from "Higher Hopcott", a field adjoining Hopcott Common. They include two Palaeolithic scrapers, Mesolithic microliths and scrapers, and Neolithic rubbers, leaf shaped arrowheads, fabricators, knives, scrapers and a polished axe. "Higher Hopcott" field, at present under pasture, is said [3] to be at SS 9635 4500. There is, however, no field of that name on the Tithe Map and the description given by Cornish "adjoining Hopcott Common" could apply to fields on SS 94 SE, also under pasture. [4] Mesolithic thumb scraper of Portland chert from Higher Hopcott in Cornish Collection, Taunton Museum 62.A.79 and 62.A.99. [5] Exact location of finds needs ascertaining. Mapping approximate. Finds likely to have been located outside of National Park boundary. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 77 (part 1), 45.
  • <2> Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. Classified Index Taunton Museum.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Mrs Rowe, Hopcott Farm.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. J Palmer, 27 July 1965.
  • <5> Serial: The Prehistoric Society. 1935 -. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Volume 36 (1970), 111.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information.



Grid reference SS 960 449 (point) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS94SE

Finds (9)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NE4
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36733

Record last edited

Jan 7 2020 5:10PM


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