Find Spot record MDR5355 - Polished stone axe, Somershall Hall Farm, Chesterfield

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

A stone axe was found "some years ago" on Mr. Mottram's farm at Somersall. It is 8½" long, 2 3/4" across and weighs 26½ ounces. The material is greenish in tint and seems to consist of augite, hornblende, olivine and silica. [Caption to photo: AO/60/133/7: states "From the neighbourhood of Chesterfield".] (1) "Mr.Mottram's farm" was identified by local informants as Somersall Hall Farm - SK 3532 7003. Mr Mottram is now dead and the exact findspot of the axe was not established. (2) Ne/EBA polished stone axe of epidotized andesitic ash; Group VI from the Langdale group of factories. From the Slack collection … [Authy. Quotes authy. 1 and gives name of farm - no other details known.] Exhibited. Acc. No: 897-1-40. (3, 4)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Article in serial: Ryde, H. 1924. 'Two Celts from Barlow and Somersall', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Vol. 46. p.116-7 (Illust. p.124).
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: F1 WW 04-APR-60.
  • <3> Index: Derby Museum. Accession-card Index. (R. HUGHES, Asst. Curator).
  • <4> Article in serial: Moore, C N and Cummins, W A. 1974. 'Petrological Identification of Stone Implements from Derbyshire and Leicestershire', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Volume 40, pp 59-78.
  • <5> Index: NDAT. 0715. 0715.



Grid reference SK 35296 70033 (point) (Approximate)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR792

Please contact the HER for details.

External Links (0)

Record last edited

Feb 28 2011 2:43PM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.