NMS-A39651: Palaeolithic handaxe

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Unique ID: NMS-A39651

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Lower Palaeolithic pointed ovate handaxe of Wymer's type E, unifacially and invasively knapped from a thermal or "potlid" fractured piece of white patinated flint, the dorsal (worked) face is patinated with a white "basket weave" with the original brown flint colour showing in-between, there is a small patch of worn and orange stained cortex where the flakes did not overlap towards the middle of this face. This type of handaxe are quickly made from any available small piece of flint and the knapping is focused usually to produce one sharp cutting edge over any attempt at symmetry, though this example is more evenly worked than most. Measuring 82.5 x 67 x 25mm.

Class: Wymer type E

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa 600000 BC
Date to: Circa 150001 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 82.5 mm
Width: 67 mm
Thickness: 25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 12th February 2016 - Friday 12th February 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mr Jason Gibbons

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 34970
Other reference: IND12022016GC

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Broadland (District)
Parish or ward: Postwick with Witton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TG2809
Four figure Latitude: 52.63083159
Four figure longitude: 1.36770095
1:25K map: TG2809
1:10K map: TG20NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Discovery circumstances: Found before 12/02/16
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Other

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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