NLM-5E5154: Mesolithic Tranchet Axehead

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Unique ID: NLM-5E5154

Object type certainty: Certain
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Flint tranchet axehead. A thick oval flake with broad flakes removed from both sides by probably unidirectional hard hammer working; these included an angled blow removing a broad flake from one end, with localised evidence for light battering immediately adjacent. The resultant section is of an angular oval form. A dense buff patina suggests the object has endured prolonged exposure to a calcareous environment, while extensive orange staining might point either to its incorporation in gravel or to the underlying tint of the flint - which is uncertain. The discolouration points to an earlier date than the form, which might pass for that of a Neolithic flaked axe head, would otherwise suggest. Suggested date: Early Mesolithic, 10,000-7000 BC.

Length: 72.7mm, Width: 35.6mm, Thickness: 21.3mm, Weight: 57.61gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa 10000 BC
Date to: Circa 7000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 72.7 mm
Width: 35.6 mm
Thickness: 21.3 mm
Weight: 57.61 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 23rd July 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM39876

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Barnetby le Wold

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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