NMS-5BF55E: Palaeolithic Handaxe

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Unique ID: NMS-5BF55E

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

'Handaxe' Dimensions 102 x 62 x 56mm.

In blackish flint and of roughly plano-convex section, this biface can be considered as having a rounded butt end and an opposed pointed end, It has a small area of thin weathered cortex on the narrow crest but is otherwise flaked overall. With the pointed end away from the observer, the right side face is formed by two large flake removals and two smaller, the left face by one large removal and several smaller ones. The 'base' has a number of smaller removals and a line of battering along its length

The condition is rolled except for the pointed end which has been recently damaged. (The finder reported that it had lost it's point when being tested against a rock).

It is not possible to give any estimate of age for the present find, since it was not in its original deposit. However it is likely to be at least 0.5 million years before present.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Undergoing further examination at a museum


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa 600000 BC
Date to: Circa 500000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 102 mm
Width: 62 mm
Thickness: 56 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 21st August 2012 - Tuesday 21st August 2012

Personal details

Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Dr Peter Robins
Secondary identifier: Mr Jason Gibbons

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 51607
Other reference: BKLG2012

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Sea Palling (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TG4227
Four figure Latitude: 52.78627362
Four figure longitude: 1.58738752
1:25K map: TG4227
1:10K map: TG42NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Found before 21/08/2012
General landuse: Coastland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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