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Monument record MDR3018 - Occupation site, Elton Common, Elton

Type and Period (2)

  • (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Large quantities of stone and flint recovered during systematic fieldwalking by L B Cooper over four years, suggesting occupation areas used during the Neolithic period. The flint material includes arrowheads, scrapers, axes and stone axe fragments in particular a flint blade found c.1976, now in the Butcher Collection, Sheffield Museum, part of a brown flint spearhead and flint scraper, in Derby Museum and a flint axe found on the 7th October 1964. A sherd of ?Neolithic pottery was also recovered from field 22, now in Derby Museum. It was a rim section of black coarse ware with finger nail decoration along the top of the flanged rim, measuring approximately 200mm in diameter (8 inches). (1-3) There was a particularly high density of finds from field 10 indicating a permanent settlement just below the hill top on the south facing slope. Another focus of settlement may have existed in field 7. (3) Another stone axe was found near Pike Hall, Elton Common, in 1851. (1,5) Photographic record. (4) Several fields were walked over four years in the 1960s for artefacts, recovering a large number of Neolithic and Bronze Age flint and chert artefacts and debitage. The artefacts included scrapers, arrowheads, polished knives, retouched blades, awls, sickles, saws and cores. Several polished axe fragments, a sherd of Grooved Ware pottery and quartzite pebbles were also recovered. (6) SK 211596. Fieldwalking of Elton Common produced a collection of finds which span from the Mesolithic to the Roman period. The Neolithic/Bronze Age finds suggest that an otherwise undetectable area of occupation existed on Elton Common. Artefacts included flake industry types; scrapers, axes, knives, arrowheads. The base of a Grooved Ware vessel was also found. (7-10, 12)

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Index: North Derbyshire Archaeological Trust (NDAT). North Derbyshire Archaeological Trust Index: 0858. 0858.
  • <2> Article in serial: Cooper, L (East Midlands Committee of Field Archaeologists). 1966. East Midlands Archaeology Bulletin, 1966. 2. p2.
  • <3> Article in serial: Cooper, L & Radley, J. 1968. 'A Neolithic site at Elton: an experiment in field recording', Derbshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 88.
  • <4> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 5302.1-9.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Bateman, T. 1899. Catalogue of the Bateman Antiquities in Sheffield Public Museum. pp8.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J (PDNPA). 1996. Oddo House and Gratton Grange Farms, Elton and Gratton, Derbyshire, archaeological survey, 1996. p27, illus.
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: 1907. Yorkshire Notes and Queries 3. p138.
  • <8> Article in serial: Cooper, L B. 1974. East Midlands Archaeology Bulletin. Vol. 10.
  • <9> Monograph: Manby, T G. 1974. 'Grooved Ware Sites in Yorkshire and the North of England', BAR Series 9.
  • <10> Bibliographic reference: Wymer, J J (ed). 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales: Council for British Archaeology (CBA) Research Report 20.
  • <11> Bibliographic reference: Hawke-Smith, C F. 1979. 'Man-Land Relations in British Prehistory: The Dove-Derwent Interfluve, Derbyshire', British Archaeological Report. Series 64 (170).
  • <12> Article in serial: Gerrish, E (University of Sheffield). 1982. 'Fieldwalking in the White Peak: Recent Results', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 102.



Grid reference Centred SK 2134 6009 (980m by 1070m) (Approximate)

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  • EDR3793
  • EDR4067

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Sep 26 2017 4:58PM

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