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Unique ID: NMS-7DAD04

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Lower Palaeolithic handaxe. Dimensions >120 x 82 x 35mm. Pointed ovate, broken at the pointed tip. Probably made on a large flake, the dorsal face of which is finished by peripheral flaking except for a large inclusion which has apparently resisted removal. The ventral face is more completely finished by shallow peripheral flaking. The main body of the handaxe is stained brown, with large areas of buff, particularly on the dorsal face. The break at the tip is not recent, but is lightly stained, probably over pale grey flint. The general condition is lightly rolled (see sketch). 600,000 to 100,000 BP. There are no previous records of handaxes from Needham parish but Wymer (Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia (1985), 147) refers to examples from neighbouring Brockdish and Weybread, while the rich Palaeolithic site at Hoxne is not far away.


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Date from: 600000 BC
Date to: 100000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 120 mm
Width: 82 mm
Thickness: 35 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st February 2008 - Monday 31st March 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Katherine Robbins
Identified by: Mr Steven Ashley

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Needham

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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