ESS-88730B: A Palaeolithic flint handaxe, dating 800,000-250,000 BC.

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Unique ID: ESS-88730B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Palaeolithic flint handaxe, dating 500,000-250,000 BC. The flint is a mottled mid-light grey colour. The handaxe is pointed at one end and rounded at the other. The evidence of retouch seems to be mixed, with covering, scaled with parallel retouch in places and semi-abrupt to low angle. Some trace of recortication on the base of both sides.

Handaxes like this were used throughout the Palaeolithic period (800,000-250,000BC). These tools are often believed to have been produced by early humans, such as Homo antecessor or Homo heidelbergensis.

Dimensions: length: 140 mm; width: 72.33 mm; thickness: 19.22 mm; weight: 217g.

Class: Pointed

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa 500000 BC
Date to: Circa 180000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 140 mm
Width: 72.33 mm
Thickness: 19.22 mm
Weight: 217 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr B Paites
Identified by: Mr B Paites

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Tendring (District)
Parish or ward: Ramsey and Parkeston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM2130
Four figure Latitude: 51.9246284
Four figure longitude: 1.21270753
1:25K map: TM2130
1:10K map: TM23SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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