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Unique ID: NMS-64A922

Object type certainty: Certain
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Elongated adze or pick, bifacially knapped with sub-triangular cross section with the flatter of the two faces forming the underside, broken in antiquity by a transverse bending fracture, plunging around to an oblique hinge termination on the underside near to the (now missing) cutting edge. The adze is patinated mottled dark orange, yellow and pale buff, the coarse inclusions (mostly near to the centre) being of the paler colour and mostly on the underside the flake scars have "stacked up" in hinges due to the hackly nature of these fractures. Only two areas have been damaged post deposition, there is a recent flake scar to the old break and a tiny chip to one side of the butt, these reveal that the flint was originally a mottled grey colour.

This piece has been dated from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic, adzes where made during both of these periods, the difference being in the way the cutting edges are formed, although this is missing, it is more likely that this is of Neolithic origin due to the elongated and long butted proportions, reminiscent of the colossal "pick" from Francham: NMS-CD62D4, though without the cutting edge, it is difficult to be certain. 10,000 to 2350 BC.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 10001 BC
Date to: Circa 2350 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 163 mm
Width: 41.5 mm
Thickness: 32 mm
Weight: 215 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 1980 - Wednesday 31st December 1980

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jason Gibbons
Identified by: Mr Jason Gibbons

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 36245
Other reference: NHARG052019

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Aldborough & Thurgarton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TG1733
Four figure Latitude: 52.85074672
Four figure longitude: 1.22129821
1:25K map: TG1733
1:10K map: TG13SE
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

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