GLO-0DB7BB: GLO-0DB7BB Palaeolithic Handaxe

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HANDAXE

Unique ID: GLO-0DB7BB

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Lower Palaeolithic, chert handaxe. This is a 'ficron' type handaxe which belongs to the Middle Acheulian tradition. The axe is sub-triangular in plan, with slightly concave sides and a rounded butt, the tip is truncated. There are multiple flaking scars on both the dorsal and ventral sides consisting of large flake removal on the main body of the piece and slightly finer flake removal along the edges. 5% cortex still remaining on the ventral side. The whole artefact has a mid brown colour, with a lighter grey patina on the dorsal side and some of the ventral, patina has also begain forming over the broken tip. The condition of the flint is excellent, with no ware on any of the ridges.

The Acheulian period spans from c.600, 000 to 245,000 years ago in Britain although most finds of this type date from 500,000-250,000 years ago corresponding to a period of warmer climate. They were produced by the hominid species Homo heidelbergensis.

Notes:

The finder has kindly donated this artefact to The Roman Baths Museum, Bath

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum

Chronology

Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Date from: Circa 500000 BC
Date to: Circa 250000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 87 mm
Width: 67 mm
Thickness: 38 mm
Weight: 211.57 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st October 2007 - Monday 1st October 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
District: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Priston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST6960
Four figure Latitude: 51.33823686
Four figure longitude: -2.44640438
1:25K map: ST6960
1:10K map: ST66SE
WOEID: 26344671
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: GLO
Created: Friday 17th October 2014
Updated: Tuesday 10th March 2015

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