WILT-660D5C: Paleolithic hand axe

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HANDAXE

Unique ID: WILT-660D5C

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A flint Lower Palaeolithic handaxe dating to the period c. 500,000 - 150,000 BC. The handaxe is sub-cordate in shape and has been bifacially flaked using alternate flaking. It has a reversed S-shape profile. Approximately 15% cortex remains across both surfaces and uneven recortication is also visible on both surfaces. The handaxe shows evidence of rolling and iron staining. There is some recent damage at the distal end which is visible as unpatinated chips, along with older damage down both mesal edges.

The handaxe measures 106.79mm in length, is 81.69mm maximum width, 15.49mm minimum width, 34.14mm thick and weighs c.313.00g.

Notes:

The patination and feel of the artefact combined with the location of the findspot on a gravel path suggests that this find has been imported to the area during road or construction work and has been removed from its original place of deposition during gravel extraction. It is likely that the artefact does not originate from the area where it was found.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: PALAEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 500000 BC
Date to: Circa 150000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 106.79 mm
Width: 81.69 mm
Thickness: 34.14 mm
Weight: 313 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Julie Shoemark
Identified by: Miss Julie Shoemark

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4079

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Amesbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU1142
Four figure Latitude: 51.17713172
Four figure longitude: -1.84402205
1:25K map: SU1142
1:10K map: SU14SW
WOEID: 26351828
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: Wednesday 14th January 2015
Updated: Tuesday 10th March 2015

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