NLM-D69A09: Possibly Neolithic Edge Ground Axe fragment

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Unique ID: NLM-D69A09

Object type certainty: Possibly
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Flint possible edge-polished fragment. A chunk of lentoid section with an apparently curving cutting edge with polishing immediately adjacent to it, but otherwise bearing the scars of covering scalar working entailing hard hammer removal of a small number of large flakes. Though the putative cutting edge is crisp, the object is broken c.40mm behind it. All surfaces, including the putative fracture surface, are identically covered by a dense creamy patina and are iron stained, features suggesting a prolonged exposure to a calcareous environment followed by incorporation in gravels. This surface condition would normally point to a Mesolithic or Palaeolithic date. However, the edge-polished axe head form is held to be characteristic of the later Neolithic. Dr Kevin Leahy kindly suggests the object may have been bifacially worked. Suggested date: Late Palaeolithic, 40,000-10,000 BC.

Length: 41.3mm, Height: 67.1mm, Thickness: 26.1mm, Weight: 63.52gms

Class: Edge Polished

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa 40000 BC
Date to: Circa 10000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.3 mm
Height: 67.1 mm
Thickness: 26.1 mm
Weight: 63.52 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 13th November 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM38068

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Ground/polished
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Roxby cum Risby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9316
Four figure Latitude: 53.63227329
Four figure longitude: -0.59506575
1:25K map: SE9316
1:10K map: SE91NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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