DEV-957804: Neolithic Axehead

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Unique ID: DEV-957804

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A small Neolithic flint axehead roughout, probably dating to c. 4000-2400 BC. The axehead is crudely knapped, and shows indications of being reworked from a larger, polished axhead. The axehead is of a heavily patinated grey/white flint, containing frequent buff inclusions and with several areas of iron staining on its surface. The axehead is bifacially worked, with verry large, irregular and often hinged struck from the edges of the tool to create a broadly sub-rectangular plan, expanding from a squarred butt, 29.1mm wide, to its widest point at roughly the mid-point, 50.2mm, and from there narrowing into a battered, trapezoidal blade, 30.1mm wide. The axehead has a broadly pointed-oval cross section, 29.1mm thick at the mid-point, and tapering in either direction into blunted ends. The axehead is 93.7mm long and weighs 131.89g.

Positioned roughly centrally at the butt end of one face is a single smooth, polished facet cut on all sides by subsequent removal scars, suggesting that is has been reworked from a completed axehead.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2400 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 93.7 mm
Width: 50.2 mm
Thickness: 29.1 mm
Weight: 131.89 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge
Secondary identifier: Mr Thomas Cadbury

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019351

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Teignbridge (District)
Parish or ward: Shillingford St. George (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX9088
Four figure Latitude: 50.68122824
Four figure longitude: -3.55834131
1:25K map: SX9088
1:10K map: SX98NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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