FIND SPOTS OF NEOLITHIC STONE AXES January 2009

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These stone axes are finely modelled and polished and were probably prized possessions. Some are of imported stone, although it's unknown whether they arrived here in rough cut or completed form. Example here

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Isle of Wight History Centre



Isle of Wight Historic Environment Record

Isle of Wight County Archaeology and Historic Environment Service

23/12/2008


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76 Totland Beach
77 Afton, polished stone axe
139 Chessell Down
404 Chessell Down
493 Nodgham
789 Merry Gardens.
913 Pan Estate, Newport
972 East Cowes.
1184 Priory Bay.
1263 Colemans Farm.
1882 Yaverland
1884 Brighstone
1893 Ryde, St. Vincents Road.
2176 Saltmead.
2501 Seaview Marshes.
5904 Burnt Wood, near HWM.
5907 Ashey Mead.
6138 Off Yarmouth.

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 76
Name: Totland Beach
Map Sheet: SZ38NW
Grid Reference: SZ 32 87 (point) (Approximate) Google map
Summary: Polished stone axe
Description: Polished stone axe found on Totland beach 2.7.1962 'Altered shale (not grouped). Hants petrology no. 99.
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
Imprecise grid reference. Area is sand and shingle beach.
[Field visit R. Loader, 30.6.1999 (coastal audit)]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Civil Parish Totland, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 76

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EIW163 Isle of Wight Coastal Audit (Ref: IWSMR 6086) Isle of Wight County Archaeology and Historic Environment Service

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 77
Name: Afton, polished stone axe
Map Sheet: SZ38NW
Grid Reference: SZ 34 86 (point) (Approximate) Google map
Summary:
Description: 'Polished stone axe. Afton Freshwater'.
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Civil Parish Freshwater, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 77

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 139
Name: Chessell Down
Map Sheet: SZ38NE
Grid Reference: SZ 3996 8516 (point) Google map
Summary: Neolithic basalt axe of Scandinavian form found in 1925, thrown out of a rabbit barrow some 20 yds from the northern most barrow
Description: A basalt axe, of NE. Scandinavian form, was found by Mr. A.R. Sainsbury in 1925, on Chessell Down. It had been thrown out of a rabbit barrow some 20 yds from the northern most barrow.
[Poole, H.F. 1930. 'Stone axes found in the Isle of Wight, Part II', Proc. Isle Wight Nat. Hist. Archaeol. Soc. 2, 34-5 illust]
(SZ 39968513) Sited.
[CCM 6" (J.E Bartlett May 1951)]
Listed in arch. Index.
[CCM 1979 arch. Index]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Civil Parish Calbourne, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 139
OS 35
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ID (Preferred Ref.): 404
Name: Chessell Down
Map Sheet: SZ48NW
Grid Reference: SZ 4014 8537 (point) Google map
Summary: Pear-shaped polished axe of local greyish green material from the Greensand, with a pointed oval section, found whilst digging for chalk at the foot of the Down
Description: Pear-shaped polished axe of local greyish green material from the Greensand, with a pointed oval section, was found in digging for chalk at the foot of Chessell Down, and presented to Newport Museum by T.E. Way.
[Poole, H.F. 1930. 'Stone axes found in the Isle of Wight, part II', Proc. Isle Wight Nat. Hist. Archaeol. Soc. 2, p33 and plate 4, 15]
(SZ40148537) in CCM.
[CCM 6" (Bartlett '51).]
Polished stone axe. Lower Palaeozoic greywacke sectioned and returned by Southampton (Univ.).
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
A stone celt ground all over, stated to have been found at the foot of Chessell Down. Formerly in the possession of Mr. Way of Dodpits, now in CCM.. FM. The celt is of compact sandstone not basalt as has often been stated.. J.F.J." (The basalt axe is PRN139).
[CCM 6" undated.]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Civil Parish Shalfleet, Isle of Wight

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OS 9
Sites & Monuments Record 404
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 493
Name: Nodgham
Map Sheet: SZ48NE
Grid Reference: SZ 4806 8794 (point) Google map
Summary: 2 Neolithic Stone Axes (group 1) found whilst digging foundations for a house
Description: Nodgham. Two celts. found in digging the foundations of a house. Both are polished of ophitic olivine dolerite probably from the Welsh borderland. Both are in CCM and are of special interest, having been found in direct association in the chalk, probably hidden.
[Poole, H.F. 1930. 'Stone axes found in the Isle of Wight: Part II', Proc. Isle Wight Nat. Hist. Archaeol. Soc. 2, p.27-38]
2 axes listed. One described as 'polished stone' and one as 'broken greensand polished axe'. Both stated as coming from Nodgham. Is the 'Greensand' axe one of the two described by Poole?
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
'Two polished celts found two feet below surface resting on the chalk, by W. Groves when digging the foundations of a house in 1922. Now in CCM. Reginald A. Smith assigns them to 'a late stage of the neolithic period' Dr.H.H Thomas states that they are comprised of 'ophtic olivine dolerite - which might have come from a variety of places but the most likely and nearest British source would be the Northern Welsh borderland' J.F.J.
[CCM 6" undated. J.F. Jackson]
Group 1 axes, implement petrology numbers 850 and 851.
[Evens, E.D. Grinsell, L.V. Piggott, S. and Wallace, F.S. 1962. '4th report of the sub committee of the South-western group of museums and art galleries on the petrological identification of stone axes'. PPS 28; 259.]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Civil Parish Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight

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OS 41
Sites & Monuments Record 493
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 789
Name: Merry Gardens.
Map Sheet: SZ58SE
Grid Reference: SZ 58 83 (point) (Approximate) Google map
Summary: Neolithic stone axe.
Description: Neolithic polished stone axe of basalt found at Merry Gardens Sandown by Mr. A. Martin.
[Poole, H.F. 1930. p.37]
Cast of polished axe (original with finder) Merry Gardens, Sandown.
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
Finds from Salt Collection marked 'Merry Gardens'
[R. Loader. 1986.]
Last known in Australia in possession of Mrs Tutton's nephew, since deceased.
[Pers. com. D. Tomalin, 1997.]
Group I
[Identified by D. Peacock, 1970s.]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Number Reference
Article in Journal: Poole, H.F.. 1930. Stone axes found in the Isle of Wight, Part II.

Location - Administrative Areas

Civil Parish Lake, Isle of Wight

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OS 19
Sites & Monuments Record 789

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 913
Name: Pan Estate, Newport
Map Sheet: SZ58NW
Grid Reference: SZ 5084 8922 (point) Google map
Summary: Neolithic polished stone axe found during building work in 1967.
Description: Neolithic polished stone axe, on loan to Carisbrooke Castle Museum, found during building operations on the Pan Estate, Newport. The builder indicated the exact find spot of the axe which was found in April 1967 during the digging of wall foundations between 117 and 119 Manor Road, some 2.0m from the front of the houses. The houses are not yet complete and no further finds have been made. The siting falls at approx. SZ50848922
[Ordnance Survey Field Investigator 1967]
Neolithic Irish axe from Newport .
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
Source - Northern Ireland. Probably Group IX.
[Pers. comm. D.J. Tomalin]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Civil Parish Newport, Isle of Wight

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OS 41
Sites & Monuments Record 913

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 972
Name: East Cowes.
Map Sheet: SZ59SW
Grid Reference: SZ 5099 9480 (point) Google map
Summary: Polished stone axe, possibly jadeite, found 1954.
Description: (SZ50999480) Green polished stone micaceous schist axe found 1954 December near surface of original ground level, under tip.
[CCM 6" (J.D. Jones undated.)]
Polished stone axe. East Cowes. Prince of Wales pub. Green polished micaceous schist. 1954.
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
Jadeite?
[Pers com. D. Tomalin 1997 after Peacock]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]
Believed not to be jadeite
[Pers comm David Field 2007]

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Civil Parish East Cowes, Isle of Wight

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OS 28
Sites & Monuments Record 972

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 1184
Name: Priory Bay.
Map Sheet: SZ69SW
Grid Reference: SZ 6341 9034 (point) Google map
Summary: Polished epidiorite stone axe found 1913 (Dunning Collection).
Description: (SZ63419034) Polished axe of an Epidiorite 6 1/2 inches long, pointed butt, oval section, found 1913 (Dunning collection).
[CCM 6" (Bartlett 1951)]
Polished axe found by H. Matthews, Oct. 1913. Purchased by Dunning in 1926.
[Sherwin, G.A. 1936-41. MS notes, Soc. Ants. Library]
Not listed.
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
Believed to be the axe shown as Group IIa, petrology number 117 from Seaview
[Stone J.F.S. and Wallis F.S., 1951, 3rd report of the sub-committee of the south-western museums and art galleries on the petrological determination of stone axes. PPS 17; 142.]
Nothing noted during general survey.
[Field visit F. Basford, R. Loader, A. Brading, 15.3.1999 (coastal audit)]

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Civil Parish Nettlestone and Seaview, Isle of Wight

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OS 1
Sites & Monuments Record 1184

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 1263
Name: Colemans Farm.
Map Sheet: SZ49SE
Grid Reference: SZ 4580 9006 (point) Google map
Summary:
Description: This Neolithic stone axe was found near Colemans Farm - it was turned up by the plough.
A site visit was made by F. Basford but unfortunately by the time the visit was made a crop had been planted and was coming up. But finder's wife had observed a scatter of 'stones' where the axe had been found.
Possibly a Craig Lwyd, Caernarvonshire type 6, pers. comm D.J.T.
[A reference to this type of axe is in P.P.S. 1962]
Donated on permanent loan 2.12.1982.

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Civil Parish Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 1263

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 1882
Name: Yaverland
Map Sheet: SZ68NW
Grid Reference: SZ 61 85 (point) Google map
Summary:
Description: Small stone axe labelled, 'Yaverland. I.W. Ploughed land. (Ophitic dolerite)'
Letter in Poole Ms. 'Surface finds' proably relates to the same implement

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Civil Parish Sandown, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 1882

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 1884
Name: Brighstone
Map Sheet: SZ48SW
Grid Reference: SZ 42 83 (point) Google map
Summary:
Description: Entry in index, 'Greensand? polished axe. Brighstone. Langdale? Given by member of Carisbrooke Choir to J.D.J'
[1979 Carisbrooke Castle Museum Archaeological Index]
Material from Carisbrooke Castle Museum transferred to the Isle of Wight County Archaeological Collection c 1980.
[R. Loader 2006]

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Civil Parish Brighstone, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 1884

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 1893
Name: Ryde, St. Vincents Road.
Map Sheet: SZ59SE
Grid Reference: SZ 5835 9226 (point) Google map
Summary: Jadeite axe found in garden of Beaulieu
Description: In bag labelled 'Jadeite axe, found in garden of a house called Beaulieu, St. Vincents Road, Ryde. Donated by resident of that address, February 1981'
Found in 'to be sorted' box.

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Civil Parish Ryde, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 1893

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 2176
Name: Saltmead.
Map Sheet: SZ49SW
Grid Reference: SZ 4309 9258 (point) Google map
Summary: Polished stone axe found resting on limestone ledge
Description: Surface find: polished stone axe resting on Limestone ledge.
[Found by F. Basford, 07.05.1990.]
No prehistoric material noted within the intertidal area during general survey.
[Field visit F. Basford, 8.7.1999 (coastal audit)]
NTSMR no. 122935
Description as above.
Recommendations: Recommendations are not usually given for isolated find spots, but the area is within that containing a high concentration of prehistoric finds. The erosion of the cliffs here suggests that any sites here are very vulnerable and the area needs to be regularly monitored. It is possible that more detailed survey work in the area, in association with that recommended for site 122911, might be extended to cover this area.
[Currie, C.K. 2000. 'An archaeological and historical landscape survey of the Newtown Estate, Calbourne, Isle of Wight. Volume 2: archaeological inventory', Report to the National Trust (Southern Region), p.58]

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Civil Parish Calbourne, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 2176
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Heritage Coast
National Nature Reserve
S.P.A.
RAMSAR
Site of Special Scientific Interest

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Event ID Name/Ref Organisation Description
EIW278 Newtown Rifle Ranges (Ref: IWSMR 6118) Isle of Wight County Archaeology and Historic Environment Service
EIW94 Newtown National Trust Estate (Ref: IWSMR 5519) CKC Archaeology

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 2501
Name: Seaview Marshes.
Map Sheet: SZ69SW
Grid Reference: SZ 6226 9145 (point) Google map
Summary: Find spot of sandstone adze
Description: Implement found on Seaview marshes between three holiday camps, half way between a wall and Padmoor Hill, about half a mile from shore, near a dyke and was found in the soil from this dyke.
[Information left at Sandown Geology Museum by finder; Entry form E.1993.31, 24 June 1993.]
Implement is an adze of sandstone.
The findspot SZ 6226 9145 is an approximate position.
[F. Basford, 10-02-1997]

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Civil Parish Nettlestone and Seaview, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 2501
RAMSAR
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ID (Preferred Ref.): 5904
Name: Burnt Wood, near HWM.
Map Sheet: SZ49SW
Grid Reference: SZ 4400 9295 (point) Google map
Summary: Neolithic stone axe, possibly of Cornish greenstone
Description: Stone axe found in the intertidal zone about 100m east of the west end of Burnt Wood, near high water mark, in around 1995. Surface find at approx. SZ 4400 9295.
[Entry form A.1997.36, 14 October 1997]
Submitted to David Williams (Southampton University) for petrological analysis. A macroscopic examination was made with a bnocular mocroscope [x40] and the stone was identified as probably an ungrouped greensand, possibly related to one of the Cornish groups.
[Williams, D.F. 'Two Neolithic stone handaxes from the Wootton-Quarr Survey Project]

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Sites & Monuments Record 5904
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ID (Preferred Ref.): 5907
Name: Ashey Mead.
Map Sheet: SZ58NE
Grid Reference: SZ 5874 8804 (point) Google map
Summary: Neolithic stone axe of Cornish gabbro
Description: A.1997.41.1
Half of a Neolithic polished stone axe. Identified by David Williams as beng of an uralitized gabbro of the Implement Petrology Committee Petrological Group 1 with a Cornish origin, probably from the Mounts Bay area near Penzance.
[Entry form A.1997.41, 10 November 1997]

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Civil Parish Brading, Isle of Wight

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Sites & Monuments Record 5907
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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ID (Preferred Ref.): 6138
Name: Off Yarmouth.
Map Sheet: SZ39SE
Grid Reference: SZ 350 900 (point) Google map
Summary: Perforated axe found whilst dredging for oysters
Description: Material recovered whilst dredging for oysters and reported in Wessex Archaeology's 'Artefacts from the Sea', Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund project.
Cat. No. ? Perforated axe. Chert?
[Wessex Archaeology, 2004. 'Artefacts from the Sea: Catalogue of the Michael White Collection (2 volumes: Foreword and Records 1-150, and Records 151-298)]

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Sites & Monuments Record 6138
S.A.C.

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Isle of Wight Historic Environment Record

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Neolithic Stone Axes

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