KENT-661CF8: Tranchet Axehead

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Unique ID: KENT-661CF8

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A Flint Tranchet axehead dating to the Mesolithic or early- Neoltihic c. 9000-4000 BC.

Description: The object is of typical wasted sub-rectangular shape in plan. It has a rounded butt and and blade edge. It has a variable shape in cross-section, D-shaped from the mid to blade end and pointed oval towards the butt end. The axehead has invasive scaled semi-abrupt retouch covering much of the object. The blade edge has a sharpened tranchet flake. The axehead has a mottled dark brown matrix lighting towards the blade and one side. There is also heavy white banding formed from a vein poor quality chert or low silicate flint. This would have led to weakness in the flint as it is a fault although it could be considered aesthetically pleasing and may be the reason for the flints selection, especially considering how common good quality flint i sin the area.

Measurements: 170.1mm long, 66.51mm wide, 51.02mm thick and 490g in weight.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 9000 BC
Date to: Circa 4000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 170.1 mm
Width: 66.51 mm
Thickness: 51.02 mm
Weight: 490 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
Parish or ward: Staple (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2757
Four figure Latitude: 51.26692395
Four figure longitude: 1.25262264
1:25K map: TR2757
1:10K map: TR25NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Created: 13 days ago
Updated: 13 days ago

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