SUSS-AF6EC6: Lower-Middle Paleolithic ficron handaxe

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Unique ID: SUSS-AF6EC6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Palaeolithic Acheulian handaxe of ficron type with a long tapering point and large, partially worked, butt. The point is formed with invasive shallow flaking and is pointed oval in cross section. There are small areas of natural cortex remaining on one side. The point widens and thickens to the large lozenge shaped butt. The widening is a fairly consistant taper down the ficron but the thickness tapers gradually at first before stepping out more steeply half of the way down. The butt is large with some long, shallow flake removals on two sides and the base; the base also has areas of hackled damage in one corner to shape it and blunt the sharp edges. Around the remainding sides of the base there is unworked but worn cortex giving a smooth surface. The butt end in general has smooth edges allowing it to be gripped in the hand. The axe has developed a very smooth, almost glass like patina and areas are slightly iron stained to a mid-beige. It is 163 mm long, 65.5mm wide, 52.2mm thick and weighs 429 grams.

Class: Ficron


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa 500000 BC
Date to: 200000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 163 mm
Width: 65.5 mm
Thickness: 52.2 mm
Weight: 429 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 26th February 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Mr Matt POPE

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Wealden (District)
To be known as: Selmeston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
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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Recording Institution: SUSS
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Updated: 5 years ago

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