NLM-0DBF37: Neolithic Edge Polished Axehead

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Unique ID: NLM-0DBF37

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Flint axehead. A long narrow edge polished flint axe of lozenge section. The object is entirely covered by low angled scalar retouch on both sides, working which typically detached large flakes and left an irregular aris on either side. The wider end was then polished on both sides, and retains a slightly curved cutting edge of length 44.3mm. The narrower end was also trimmed as several smaller and more delicate flake removal scars appear here, producing an oval terminal of width 25.8mm; viewed in profile, the axehead is stepped, becoming c.8mm thicker 39mm from its narrower end. The object is now densely patinated overall, which may suggest it endured a period of exposure after its deposition. The patina conceals the character of the flint selected to make this tool. Suggested date: Late Neolithic, 2700-2350 BC.

Length: 150.7mm, Width: 44.2mm, Thickness: 19.8mm, Weight: 136.46gms


The quality of this object may relate it to those rare items deposited in the earliest individual barrow or shaft burials of Neolithic East Yorkshire, some of which seem to represent the reuse or adaptation of the earlier communal long barrows. The object comes from a loop in the Moor Beck which passes through Broughton, and Neolithic long barrows in East Yorkshire are also often positioned in close relation to watercourses.

Class: Edge polished

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 2700 BC
Date to: Circa 2350 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 150.7 mm
Width: 44.2 mm
Thickness: 19.8 mm
Weight: 136.46 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 22nd December 2014

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM32160

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Broughton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9709
Four figure Latitude: 53.56865113
Four figure longitude: -0.53677159
1:25K map: SE9709
1:10K map: SE90NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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