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HAMP-3C5EC1: Neolithic polished axehead

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Unique ID: HAMP-3C5EC1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete Neolithic (3500-2100 BC) flint polished axehead, with damage to both the cutting edge and butt end. It is roughly triangular in shape with convex sides , its widest point being roughly two thirds of the distance from the butt to the cutting edge. It has a pointed oval section and measures 129.84 x (max) 58.32 x (max) 32.57mm and weighs 306.0g.

The cutting edge (56.9 x 1.09mm) is no longer sharp and has some old damage on both faces. The highly polished area is roughly triangular in shape behind the cutting edge on each face, as the sides of each face are worked at a different angle. These are also polished but have less of a glossy sheen. The edges of the axehead have been polished flat (c.118x(max)8.21mm and c.102x(max)8.21mm), narrowing towards either end but not necessarily widest at the centre.

The flint is very heavily patinated - it is almost entirely grey-white in colour, and has been damaged at the butt end (25.55mm wide). Whether this is ancient or modern damage is hard to tell. There is also a small patch of the cortex on one surface and patches of iron staining on both surfaces. The entire surface is polished with a few (likely ancient) flake removals on each face.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 3500 BC
Date to: Circa 2100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 129.8 mm
Width: 58.3 mm
Thickness: 32.5 mm
Weight: 306 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 1997 - Thursday 31st December 1998

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form No.E350

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
Parish or ward: Rogate (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU7925
Four figure Latitude: 51.018958
Four figure longitude: -0.87509
1:25K map: SU7925
1:10K map: SU72NE
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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