DOR-A494A4: Palaeolithic Handaxe

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Unique ID: DOR-A494A4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A small thick-butted pointed handaxe made on a thermally fractured secondary mid grey flint nodule fragment. Thick cortex remains on the butt-end of one face. Crudely bifacially flaked using probable hard hammer. The butt itself has been superficially dressed to remove a small area of cortex. The sides of the axe are incurved and the cross section is pointed oval. There is an all over mid-gloss patina.

A lower palaeolithic date for this object may be evidenced by incipient thermal cracks within the flint. Such cracks are often seen in lower palaeolithic material and relate to natural weathering processes. These cracks necessarily post-date creation of the tool.

Date: Lower Palaeolithic - 800,000 to 250,000 BC

Dimensions: 91.6mm x 63.8mm x 25.1mm

Weight: 129.6g

Class: Pointed

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 800000 BC
Date to: Circa 250000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 91.6 mm
Width: 63.8 mm
Thickness: 25.1 mm
Weight: 129.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st June 2016 - Thursday 30th June 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Lucy Bevan
Identified by: Mrs Lucy Bevan

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 017268/5

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Tarrant Keyneston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9204
Four figure Latitude: 50.83547381
Four figure longitude: -2.11497328
1:25K map: ST9204
1:10K map: ST90SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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