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    • Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
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Record ID: IOW-EB2A57
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Palaeolithic lithic implement of uncertain date. The implement is sub-oval in plan, broadly sub-triangular in side view and has been 'rolled'. It has been made on a large flake as there may be a striking platform at one end. The dorsal face appears to be retouched around the edge and the removals are short, sub-parallel and semi-abrupt. The ventral face is featureless. Each face has a patina which is orange as well as buff. This implement was found at the foot of cliffs in the inter-tidal zone following a cliff fall. It may have derived from the ancient river grave…
Created on: Thursday 24th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-4D460C
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Palaeolithic flint sub-cordate handaxe dating to the period c. 500,000 BC-c. 150,000 BC. This implement is asymmetrical (sub-triangular) in plan, lozengiform in side view and pointed oval in cross-section. It has a reversed S-shape profile. From the rounded tip, the sides flare outwards and downwards and then converge to the butt. It has been bi-facially flaked overall except where there is a small area of cortex at the butt end of the ventral face. This handaxe is in good condition and has a shiny reddish brown patina with some matt grey areas. The cortex is dark gre…
Created on: Monday 29th February 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 1st March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-F2130E
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large and complete Palaeolithic flint waste flake (500000 BC-10001 BC). This flake is sub-triangular in plan. It has a small portion of striking platform with a percussion scar. Ripples indicate the position of the striking platform. The undulating dorsal surface is completely covered with light brown cortex. The ventral surface is slightly convex, light orange and grey. Modern damage around the edges is probably due to it having been in the inter-tidal zone. Length: 117.5mm; width: 112.0mm; thickness: 32.6mm. Weight: c. 388.0g.
Created on: Thursday 25th February 2016
Last updated: Saturday 27th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-C5C112
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete Lower Palaeolithic flint handaxe (c. 500,000 BC-150,000 BC). This cordate axehead is sub-oval in plan, pointed oval in side view with a very slight S-shape profile. It is bifacially flaked overall and is variably coloured grey and light brown with creamy mottling. One side has larger flake scars then the other side. The axehead was found resting on the clay surface within the inter-tidal zone. However, it is not water-worn or damaged. Length: 113.2mm; width: 72.8mm; thickness: 28.0mm. Weight: 266.99g.
Created on: Sunday 8th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-ADFCC4
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete Lower Palaeolithic flint handaxe of 'Crude' form (500000 BC-180000 BC). Wymer Type G. This implement has lost most of its original manufactured surface probably having been subjected to intense cold. As a result, most of the surface is uneven. In plan, it is pointed at the distal end and rounded at the proximal end. The dorsal face is humped and the ventral face is flatter. On the ventral face, at the proximal end, there is a patch of buff/off-white patina. This handaxe is grey and blends to off-white with reddish staining in places. Length: 119.61mm; width: 68…
Created on: Monday 9th July 2012
Last updated: Friday 9th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-85F5A5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete Acheulian flint handaxe of the Lower Palaeolithic period (c. 480,000 BP-c. 130,000 BP). The implement is sub-oval in plan and the tip is missing, apparently as a result of gellifraction. Some material has been lost on one face near the butt end. It also has a number of hair-line fractures. It has been knapped overall and the butt is evenly rounded in plan. There is an off-centre sub-circular perforation which is a natural feature formed by the crystallisation around a former fossil sponge. On one face there is a small circular void that was also formerly occupied by a …
Created on: Sunday 3rd April 2011
Last updated: Thursday 16th August 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-11AE37
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A small complete flint handaxe of Lower Palaeolithic date (500,000 BC-50,000 BP). The handaxe is irregular in plan. It has a wide rounded butt and the sides taper inwards towards a rounded tip. One face has four major removals with distinct arises and the other face is more detailed in flake removal. There is no cortex and the surfaces are shiny and uniformly orange brown. The implement is in perfect condition and is not 'rolled'. 57.8 x 50.1 x 24.8mm. Weight: 59.91g.
Created on: Tuesday 10th August 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-531011
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete flint object, possibly a handaxe of Palaeolithic date. In plan, the implement is ovate in form and in side view it has a pointed oval profile. The extent of the removals on both faces is invasive and they are completely covered with an off-whit and buff cortex. At each side there is a characteristic S-shaped profile. 108.9 x 73.7 x 21.5. Weight: 189.04g. This object has been tentatively identified as a handaxe. However, it may have been formed naturally.
Created on: Friday 12th February 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 29th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-8C61B8
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A collection of handaxes, other implements and flakes found on cliff slopes by the Cockburn family between 1905 and 1915. 37 objects.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd September 2009
Last updated: Thursday 27th May 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-A0FB18
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An almost complete “sub-cordate” flint handaxe of Palaeolithic date 500,000 BC – 40,000 BC). Length 148.5mm, width 79.2mm and 37.1mm thick. Weight 386.0g. Bi-facially worked and symmetrical in plan, the implement has a pointed tip and a rounded butt. The extreme point of the tip is missing due to an old break. The flake removals cover the whole of both faces. It is slightly "rolled", although this is hardly noticeable and the patination colour on both faces is generally off-white. This implement falls into Wymer's sub-cordate category: Type G (Wymer 1999, 10-11). This imp…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd July 2007
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-884FE2
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An large, almost complete, flint implement of Prehistoric date (500,000 BC - 800 BC). Length 136mm, width 98mm and 29mm thick. The implement, a knife or scraper. is remarkably large. The Ventral surface has alrge bulb of percussion and related percussion scar. The right edge has suffered some recent damage. The dorsal surface has a median longitudinal arris with large flake removals at either side. The right edge has been crudely worked and is in the form short semi-abrupt scaled retouch.
Created on: Wednesday 1st November 2006
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-E10E88
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Almost complete "sub-cordate" flint handaxe of Lower Palaeolithic date (500000 BC – 40000 BC). Length 115mm, width 83mm and 34mm thick. Weight 291.19g. Bi-facially worked and symmetrical in plan, the implement has a pointed tip and a rounded butt. Part of the tip is lost. The flake removals cover the whole of both surfaces. It is slightly "rolled" and the patination colour on both faces is variable between a pale buff through to a pale orange. At the edge, on one face there is a later flake scar, the surface colour of which is much the same as the general patination. This implement f…
Created on: Sunday 6th November 2005
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nettlestone and Seaview', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-183AA3
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Complete flat-butted flint cordate handaxe of Lower Palaeolithic date (500000 BC – 40000 BC). Length 111mm, width 93mm and 55mm thick. Weight 488g. Bi-facially worked and symmetrical in plan, the implement has been produced on a large flake. The flake has a large striking platform and an indistinct bulb of percussion. The removals cover the whole of the dorsal surface and most of the ventral surface. Orange coloured overall.
Created on: Tuesday 28th June 2005
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bembridge Parish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-163AA5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flint cordate handaxe of Lower Palaeolithic date (500000 BC - 40000 BC). Length 89mm, width 67mm and 23mm thick. Weight 128.42g. Bi-facially worked and symmetrical in plan. The removals cover the whole of each face. Light grey patinated overall.
Created on: Tuesday 28th June 2005
Last updated: Saturday 15th December 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bembridge Parish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-BCF374
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete bi-facially worked flint implement, probably a hand-axe of probable Palaeolithic date. Length 121mm, width 64mm and 41mm thick. Weight 219.39g. The black patinated implement has several small modern breaks along the edges and the tip of the point is also broken and missing. However, this break appears to be old. Viewed in plan, it tapers towards a sharp point from the thick angular butt. Prior to damage the edges would have had a slightly "twisted" appearance. The surfaces are slightly "rolled", probably due to the action of the sand and shingle environment in which it wa…
Created on: Sunday 24th October 2004
Last updated: Friday 9th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Portchester Castle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-F83750
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Lithic implement, possibly an unfinished handaxe of probable Palaeolithic date (500,000 BC-10,000BC). Length 143mm, width 107mm and 48mm thick. Weight 762g. The implement has been fashioned from a large naturally fractured flake. The natural fracture of one side of the implement is flat. The other side which is convex has an off-white coloured cortex. The two ends of this side as well as both of the sides have been crudely knapped to form what could be described as a scraper. However, the size and shape are similar to that of some handaxes of this period. The side of the tool which is…
Created on: Wednesday 28th April 2004
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bembridge Parish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-EF7703
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
“Pointed” flint hand-axe of Lower Palaeolithic date (at least 40,000 years old). Length 124mm, maximum width 77mm and maximum thickness 37mm. Weight 346g. The implement has flaking scars overall and is plano-convex in cross-section. The more convex side is orange/grey patinated, whereas the less convex side is grey/black patinated. The implement is “rolled”, that is to say it has become smoothed to a certain extent from movement within its context during the Palaeolthic period. Alternatively, it could have become smooth as a result of its mobility in a recent sea-bed environme…
Created on: Saturday 3rd April 2004
Last updated: Thursday 27th May 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-897A06
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Honey coloured flint palaeolithic handaxe. Length 159mm, width 89mm and 34mm thick. The implement has a "twisted" profile. Very slightly rolled otherwise in perfect condition.
Created on: Thursday 11th December 2003
Last updated: Monday 29th October 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nettlestone and Seaview', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-87E034
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Greyish/off-white prehistoric flint implement in the form of a core which has been utilised as a hammer-stone. Length 92mm, width 64mm and 42mm thick. Weight 261.43g. Sub-triangular in cross-section at one end and tapering to a bi-facial point at the other end. The core has multiple knapping scars on two of the faces and also at the thicker end. The third face appears to have been formed by natural fracturing. Bruising along one edge is the result of the core being used as a hammer-stone. At the larger end a small area of cortex survives.
Created on: Thursday 11th December 2003
Last updated: Monday 29th October 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bembridge Parish', grid reference and parish protected.


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