SF-D7B835: SF-D7B835: Neolithic handaxe

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Unique ID: SF-D7B835

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Neolithic polished (and reworked) flint axehead. It is roughly triangular in shape and plano-convex in cross section. It expands slightly towards the blade end, which curves outwards and there is an abrupt break across the narrow butt end. Around 60% of each face features the original polished surface, but there is scaled, invasive, low-angle retouch along each side and a few smaller removals across the blade end, suggesting that the axe was modified at some point to allow further use - perhaps after it was damaged. The flint is light grey in colour, but the surface is heavily patinated and covered with dark orange staining.

The original polished axe would have been of Neolithic date, but the retouch and reuse could have occurred as late as the early Bronze Age. Numerous similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database (e.g. SF-42B8C0, SF-8DABF7 & SF-904B71 from Suffolk) suggesting that the axes were so prized that reuse was common.

Length: 95.24mm, width: 65.87mm, thickness: 18.61mm, weight: 136.44g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 1601 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 95.24 mm
Width: 65.87 mm
Thickness: 18.61 mm
Weight: 136.44 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Hempnall

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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