BERK-AC1D73: Palaeolithick handaxe

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Unique ID: BERK-AC1D73

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An incomplete lower Palaeolithic flint sub-cordate handaxe dating to c.300,000 - 200,000 BC.

The handaxe is ovoid in plan and pointed oval in cross-section. Both faces have invasive, semi-abrupt, scaled retouch. Around the sides of the whole handaxe there are short, stepped, low angled retouch. On one face at the wide rounded butt there are angled jagged breaks which are patinated with multi shades of grey and white patches. Due to this break and the fact that it is bifacially worked, it is difficult to determine the dorsal and ventral face. The rest of the flint has a light brown to grey patina with sporadic white specs.

The handaxe is 104.6mm in length, 71mm in maximum width, 32mm maximum thickness, and weighs 210.8g

This handaxe was identified by lithic specialist Alison Roberts at the Ashmolean Museum.

See also PAS records WAW-7440AD, and KENT-F2FACC for similar types of handaxes,.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Class: Sub-cordate

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa 300000 BC
Date to: Circa 200000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 104.6 mm
Width: 71 mm
Thickness: 32 mm
Weight: 210.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 21st October 2018 - Sunday 21st October 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Helena Costas
Identified by: Ms Alison Roberts

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 0110

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Sulhamstead (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU6469
Four figure Latitude: 51.41641334
Four figure longitude: -1.08106895
1:25K map: SU6469
1:10K map: SU66NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: BERK
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