ESS-6603F1: ESS-6603F1-Lower palaeolithic handaxe

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Unique ID: ESS-6603F1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Lower (early) Palaeolithic flint handaxe. The axe is complete and is ovate and almost symmetrical in plan. There is bifacial working and remnants of cortex on both dorsal and ventral surfaces. Length 161.6mm, width 88.42mm, thickness 28.65mm, weight 496g. Lower or middle Paleaolithic dated 500,000-40,000 BC. The patina is orangey brown which is indicative of the axe being deposited in river terrace gravels.

Class: hand

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Date from: Circa 800000 BC
Date to: Circa 180000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 161.6 mm
Width: 88.42 mm
Thickness: 28.65 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 8th October 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Kate Orr
Identified by: Kate Orr
Secondary identifier: Laura McLean

Other reference numbers

Museum accession number: CHMER 5443

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Havering (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Upminster (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ5787
Four figure Latitude: 51.560033
Four figure longitude: 0.263482
1:25K map: TQ5787
1:10K map: TQ58NE
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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