NMS-6EA2F4: Mesolithic or Neolithic Mace

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Unique ID: NMS-6EA2F4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Perforated object, Mesolithic or Neolithic mace head or pebble hammer fashioned from a naturally water worn pebble of mid-brown Quartzite with an hour glass perforation pecked and drilled from both sides. The hole measure 32mm diameter on one face and 26mm on the other, and narrows to 12mm at the centre. There are some areas of wear to the edges though this may be due to natural forces. A rather large example from Norfolk found at Bawdeswell is recorded on the PAS database (NMS-F78EB4).

The function of these 'mace heads' is enigmatic with interpretations ranging from symbols of power or status to digging stick weights, fishing sinkers or even bolas stones.

Measuring 75 x 71 x 39.5mm.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 10000 BC
Date to: Circa 2351 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 75 mm
Width: 71 mm
Thickness: 39.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 20th January 2014 - Monday 17th February 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mr Jason Gibbons

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 59687
Other reference: NMD022014

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
Parish or ward: Necton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF8809
Four figure Latitude: 52.64614995
Four figure longitude: 0.77746047
1:25K map: TF8809
1:10K map: TF80NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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