Tyne and Wear HER(842): Whitburn coast, Site B, flints - Details
Whitburn coast, Site B, flints
In 1935 the Couplands published a summary of the six sites on which they had found flints along the coast near Whitburn, five being on top of the cliffs. In 1952 the Ordnance Survey, after consultation with Mrs Coupland, provided a basic list of the finds from each site, and in the case of Site B a location - close to Souter lighthouse. It produced 76 flints, "including sixty one indeterminate pieces and wasters". Wymer and Young group the finds from the six sites together and add no further details. The flints' whereabouts are unknown. However, an unknown number of lints from Lizard Point, Marsden, are in the Wilf Dodds Collection now in the Bowes Museum. Souter lighthouse is on Lizard Point, so these two groups appear near enough to be conflated. The attached date, 7.3.1955, is presumably one of discovery.
<< HER 842 >> F. & G. Coupland, 1935, Further Tardenoisian discoveries on the north-east coast, Proceedings Prehistoric Society, I, 154 Ordnance Survey archaeological record cards, JHO, 1952, Mesolithic flints J. Wymer, ed. 1977, Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales, Council British Archaeology, Research Report, No. 20, p. 78 R. Young, 1987, Lithics and Subsistence in North-Eastern England, British Archaeological Report, British Series, pp. 195-6, F 67 R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, pp. 94-5, no. 6 Pers comm. J. Pickin, 1991, Mesolithic Flints from Monkwearmouth -Historic Environment Record