Monument record LKD 007 - Home Heath, Lackford, Todd Excavation, (Mesolithic).

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Collection of over 5000 struck flints surface and excavated finds by Commander Todd and his wife.


Grid reference TL 781 712 (point)
Map sheet TL77SE


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1947: Collection of over 5000 struck flints (see S4) and surface finds and excavation of horizon under blown sand and peat by Commander Todd and his wife. Two tranchet axes, three tranchet axe sharpening flakes, one pick, six gravers, twenty microliths, eight micro- burins, fifty scrapers, 164 blades/ flakes, two cores, two hammer stones (S1). Tools also said to include Neolithic petit tranchets etc. Excavation manuscript about possible Mesolithic structure (S2).

Summary of Todd excavation and illustrations in (S4). Archive in BM (S6). Further ex Todd finds seen for sale in shop (by John Wymer) on 6.11.1981 - drawings of cores, flakes and 1 broken microlith and list of 13 `blades & micro-blades', 1 `micro-burins', 1 `miss-hit', 2 blades/flakes, `borer', ` end of(?) tranchet axe, on Sample from a small block of (mastic) resin discovered during excavation by Todd in 1947 was radiocarbon dated to 9240 plus or minus 110 (OxA-2342), (S5).

Possibly the same as area marked as `Mesolithic' and by hatching at TL 7810 7115 on BSEMH map (S3). In same field as LKD 004 (Mesolithic).

Likely broad location of find of trancxhet axehead in 1940, (S9),

See also (S6-S10)

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Wymer, J.J. & Bonsall, C.J.. 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic sites in England and Wales, CBA Research Report 20. 259.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: West Dr S E. SAU (West S E).
  • <S3> Cartographic materials: Erskine R W H, Ms. ND. BSEMH, 1:25000 record map, 52/77, R Erskine entry, undated. BSEMH, 1:25000 record map, 52/77, R Erskine entry, undated.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: Jacobi, R.. 1984. The Mesolithic of North East Anglia & Contemporary Territories. 47-53.
  • <S5> Article in serial: Roberts, A. J.. 1998. Early Mesolithic Mastic: Radiocarbon Dating and Analyis of Organic Residues. 185-192.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Todd, K.R.U.. n.d. [1947?]. A Mesolithic Settlement on Lackford Heath.
  • <S7> Index: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, cards, Lackford, Mes & BA, J Wymer (?).
  • <S8> Bibliographic reference: Billington, L, P.. 2016. Lithic Scatters and Landscape Occupation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic: A Case Study from Eastern England.. M 1051, M 1049.
  • <S9> Digital archive: Jacobi, R.. 2014. Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Lithic Artefact (PaMELA) database. 11430, 11431, 11499, 11518.
  • <S10> Bibliographic reference: Reynier, M. J.. 2005. Early Mesolithic Britain: Origins, development and directions..

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