SF-90A9FD: Lower Palaeolithic ovate handaxe

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Unique ID: SF-90A9FD

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A complete but highly weathered flint handaxe dating to the Lower Palaeolithic, c. 500,000-250,000 BC. It is broadly ovate in plan and sub-lenticular in section, demonstrating a reasonable degree of bi-lateral symmetry. Manufactured on a piece of flint which has now patinated a deep orangey tan colour, the butt-end of the handaxe demonstrates heavily abraded cortex, an additional small patch of which is present on one edge of the object. Both faces demonstrate covering secondary modification in the form of soft hammer removals which have served to completely remove the original support's surface. The edges of the piece demonstrate patches of heavily hinge-fractured crushing, suggestive of the fact that this piece was heavily worked down before being disposed of. This clusters especially around two large lumps projecting from both faces of the handaxe, and presumably refers to attempts to detach these. The tip of the handaxe is squared off, on one side demonstrating an elongated flaring removal which may be a failed attempt at a tranchet removal. Preserved in somewhat abraded condition, it measures 109.25mm long, 67.77mm wide at its widest point, 63.41mm wide at its midpoint, and 47.73mm wide at its tip. It measures 35.86mm thick at its midpoint, and weighs 305g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 500 BC
Date to: Circa 250 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 109.25 mm
Width: 67.77 mm
Thickness: 35.86 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 13th September 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Babergh (District)
To be known as: Hintlesham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Allotment

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