WILT-01C38E: Paleolithic axehead

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Unique ID: WILT-01C38E

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A Palaeolithic flint handaxe, dating to the period c. 500,000 BC- c.40,000 BC. The handaxe is broadly circular in shape and has been bifacially worked w. It measures 99.43mm in length, 80.94mm wide and 34.03mm thick. In colour, the axehead is creamy-white to grey and flecks of light brown, with the ventral face being more grey-brown. The handaxe has been worked equally on both sides to form an oval cross section.

The dorsal (upper) face of the handaxe has been worked in many differing directions and controlled flake scars can be seen in many places, there is visible cortex. The ventral (reverse) face has many heavily abraded flake scars; it is possible that these have been water washed resulting in the creation of a smooth surface. Evidence of multi-face working can be seen around the edges of this face. The one edge of the handaxe has a slight S shaped undulating profile characteristic of handaxes of this type.

No trace of the cortex remains. In total, this handaxe weighs 295.05g.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 500000 BC
Date to: Circa 40000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 99.43 mm
Width: 80.94 mm
Thickness: 34.03 mm
Weight: 295.05 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Fiona Johnstone
Identified by: Miss Fiona Johnstone

Other reference numbers

Other reference: WHM 2017-33

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: North Newnton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU1158
Four figure Latitude: 51.32100081
Four figure longitude: -1.84353543
1:25K map: SU1158
1:10K map: SU15NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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

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