SF-52A194: Lower Palaeolithic Hand Axe

Rights Holder: Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service
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Unique ID: SF-52A194

Object type certainty: Certain
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The butt end of an ovate or pointed hand-axe of Lower Palaeolithic date. The flint is dark grey in colour and has deep medium brown coloured staining on the surfaces and on the breaks, suggesting that the breaks are ancient. It has fine, shallow bifacial flaking on all surfaces leaving just three small areas of cortex visible. There is little evidence of rolling and no evidence of ploughmarks suggesting recent disturbance. The axe measures 96.31mm in length, 79.55mm in width, 30.35mm in thickness, and weighs 221.86g. This fragment is of Lower Palaeolithic date from between c.700,000 and 30,000 BC.


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 700000 BC
Date to: Circa 30000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 96.31 mm
Width: 79.55 mm
Thickness: 30.35 mm
Weight: 221.86 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st October 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Colin Pendleton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Hepworth

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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