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Record ID: DOR-343987
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large chert handaxe. An elongate cordate handaxe in toffee-coloured Greensand chert. It is bifacially worked all over with shallow, sometimes large invasive flaking and smaller edge-dressing. The axe has a well formed and generally straight mid-line cutting edge around its entire margin. There is a single large hinge fracture et the edge of the point where a flake removal has failed. On the opposite face there is also an area of step-fracturing as a result of the weakened platform. The handaxe is unrolled, although the cutting edges and flake scar ridges have been somewhat blunted by…
Created on: Saturday 21st January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-C1E30D
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Bournemouth
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large flint handaxe of sub-triangular shape. It is similar to, although less well defined than axes of the Boute CoupĂ© tradition. The flint is patchy brown and dark grey with some lighter cream coloured patches. The surface has a low gloss and some areas of milky-white patination.The axe tapers towards a rounded cutting edge with some recent damage. It is extensively bifacially flaked with wide scalar, low angle removals to thin the body of the axe. It has a plano-convex cross section. The side profile is straight. The butt of the axe is broad and has an area of modern damage at on…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd February 2016
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Record ID: DOR-CAC6C5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete, small, bifacially worked, flint handaxe of cordate type. The handaxe was found on a beach and consequently is rolled and abraded with a small amount of edge damage. There is invasive soft hammer flaking covering both faces. The butt and mid portion of the axe is thick and it then tapers to a rounded point. The cross section is lentoid. The cutting edges are very straight. The flint has an orangey brown patina which is probably the result of secondary deposition in river gravel outwash. Date: Lower Palaeolithic - c. 500,000 to 150,000 BC Dimensions: 105 mm x 65 mm x 29 mm We…
Created on: Monday 18th January 2016
Last updated: Monday 9th October 2017
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Record ID: DOR-387A5C
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A probable handaxe. A pointed plano convex handaxe made on a large flake of orange-brown Greensand chert. A relatively small striking platform at the proximal end and a large diffuse bulb of percussion. The dorsal face has several flake removals along the edges,shaping it to a blunted point at the distal end and giving it a central longitudinal ridge producing a sub-triangular cross section. There is some recent edge damage and abrasion which is consistent with a beach findspot. Date: Probably Lower Palaeolithic - c. 500000 to 150000 BC Dimensions: 111 mm x 58.5 mm x 29 mm Weight: 179 g
Created on: Monday 12th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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Record ID: DOR-57AD64
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A flaked handaxe. The flint is dark grey and patinated to a glossy off-white. The flint is highly siliceous with a few patches of more chalky composition. The axe is sub-triangular or cordiform in plan, with a plano-convex cross section and a straight profile. Both faces are covered in soft-hammer flake removals resulting from the thinning process. One face has numerous parallel flaking scars, the other has fewer wider and larger flake removals. The butt is gently convex with distinct corners where it meets the straight lateral edges. The butt has been further worked by retouching fro…
Created on: Wednesday 13th April 2011
Last updated: Thursday 16th August 2012
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Record ID: DOR-840955
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint handaxe. A bifacially worked pointed handaxe. It has been made on a secondary tabular nodule. Small areas of abraded cortex remain on both faces. The piece is comparatively heavy-butted and the flaking is crude. There is evidence of both hard and soft hammer percussion. The dark grey flint is thickly patinated and stained to a mid to pale yellow-brown. The inter-scar ridges are worn and as a whole the object is moderately abraded. The edges are blunted and heavily chattered and there are indications of incipient thermal cracks. These details indicate a period of fluvial rolling…
Created on: Thursday 23rd July 2009
Last updated: Monday 6th October 2014
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Record ID: DOR-83BD33
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint handaxe. A narrow, slightly elongate, pointed plano-convex handaxe. It has been made on a large flake that was probably originally naturally fractured. The flint is orangey grey in colour and patinated to a dark orange-brown with patches of iron staining. The flaking scars on the convex face are largely shallow and only occasionally steep, suggesting soft-hammer reduction. The inter-scar ridges are blunted and the piece is generally heavily abraded and the edges blunted and chattered. This, together with the staining, indicates an extended period of fluvial rolling and post-dep…
Created on: Thursday 23rd July 2009
Last updated: Monday 6th October 2014
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Record ID: SOMDOR-505D12
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Large Achuleian handaxe. It is a heavy butted, sub-cordate shape with a slight reversed S twist in profile. It is made from greensand chert. It has a heavy, creamy patina and some slight iron staining. There is no cortex visible. It is a well formed piece with shallow, invasive scars on both faces and a finely worked tip. There is (ancient) heavy wear on both faces and the flake ridges have been abraded to 1-2mm in width. The edges have been crushed in antiquity. There is no modern damage.
Created on: Wednesday 13th July 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-71F191
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possibly palaeolithic bi-facially worked tool. A small, abraded flint implement. Roughly triangular shaped, with a thick, irregular cross section. There is some nodule cortex remaning on the dorsal surface. It has been flaked on both faces. The core flint is banded pale grey and it is thickly patinated to a honey colour. Some plough damage.
Created on: Thursday 3rd March 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-5120B1
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint handaxe of probable Lower Palaeolithic date. The handaxe is a crude and unifacially worked implement made from light grey and orange-brown flint with brown banding. It has a matte patina. One face has several clear flaking scars and a large area of nodule cortex. The other side is largely unworked, with several natural fractures. However, there are some flaking scars around the edges of this side which are more likely to be derived from human action. Identified by Chris Norman as Wymer (1968) type E.
Created on: Thursday 7th October 2004
Last updated: Friday 10th February 2017
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