YORYM-8B9647: Neolithic : Axehead.

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Unique ID: YORYM-8B9647

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An incomplete polished flint axehead of Neolithic date, c. 4000-2350 BC. The axehead is bi-convex and has a sub-rectangular profile and a pointed oval section. It has a smooth ground surface and a tapered ground curvilinear cutting edge. The axehead terminates at a blunt break part-way along its length. The break bears traces of the same cream discolouration as the outer surfaces, suggesting that the break is old. Small flakes have been lost from both surfaces of the axehead, and one large flake has been lost from the edge of one surface, at the narrowest part of the axehead.

The axehead is mostly cream in colour with a dark grey core where flakes have been lost. There are red lines on both surfaces which are possibly caused by contact with other materials in the ground. Stuart Ogilvy, Assistant Curator of Natural Science at the Yorkshire Museum, has suggested that this linear discolouration might be caused by contact with plant roots. The object is 111.5mm in length, 59.0mm in width, 33.5mm thick, and weighs 224g.

Similar axeheads have been recorded on the database as NLM-E07519, NLM-ECE803, and LEIC-442B33.

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 2350 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 111.5 mm
Width: 59 mm
Thickness: 33.5 mm
Weight: 224 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emily Tilley
Identified by: Miss Emily Tilley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05968

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Woodmansey (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA0536
Four figure Latitude: 53.80969909
Four figure longitude: -0.40688896
1:25K map: TA0536
1:10K map: TA03NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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