SF-597234: SF-597234: Mesolithic to Bronze Age Axe

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Unique ID: SF-597234

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of a larger flint tool, possibly an axe or adze of Mesolithic to early Bronze Age date. It is formed on a secondary flake - rough pebble cortex still remains on the dorsal face. It is roughly triangular in shape, but was clearly much larger originally as there is an abrupt, rough break at the proximal end. Several large, crude flakes have been removed from the ventral face and there is invasive, sub-parallel retouch covering most of the dorsal face. The left side of the dorsal face is much steeper than the right side. Both faces and the break are heavily patinated. Damage around the edges has revealled the darker flint beneath in some places, but this is unlikely to have been deliberate later reworking and instead seems to be the result of plough damage. The original form of the tool is difficult to determine, but given its size it was probably part of a substantial object like an axe, probably of Neolithic or early Bronze Age date, although an early date cannot be ruled out.

Length: 79.93mm, width: 45.89mm, thickness: 15.55mm, weight: 55.76g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 10000 BC
Date to: Circa 1601 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 79.93 mm
Width: 45.89 mm
Thickness: 15.55 mm
Weight: 55.76 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st March 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Red Lodge

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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