DENO-1A2E18: Early Mesolithic tranchet axehead

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TRANCHET AXEHEAD

Unique ID: DENO-1A2E18

Object type certainty: Certain
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A flint tranchet axehead from the early Mesolithic period (c.9000 - 8000 BC). The flint is a dark brownish-grey and fairly opaque with elements of the cortex visible. The axe is crudely worked, with a rounded cutting edge, roughly parallel sides and a pointed butt. It has a broadly triangular cross-section. The flint appears to be in the second stage of being worked due to the patches of cortex on its butt and and its ventral and dorsal faces. Also, a soft hammering technique seems to have been used, identifiable by the weak ripple marks and low bulbs of percussion. The broad shape of the blade and technique used is common in the early Mesolithic.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MESOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 9000 BC
Date to: Circa 8000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 119.5 mm
Width: 47.9 mm
Thickness: 37.9 mm
Weight: 247.48 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2013 - Tuesday 31st December 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Paul Knighton
Identified by: Mr Paul Knighton
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E8450

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Urchfont (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0557
Four figure Latitude: 51.31209225
Four figure longitude: -1.92964911
1:25K map: SU0557
1:10K map: SU05NE
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DENO
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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