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Record ID: DOR-18C735
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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A possible Levalloisian core flake. Sub-oval in shape with a lenticular cross-section. The flaking appears intentionally to have shaped the flint while still on the original core, creating a distinctive 'tortoise shell' flaking, typical of Levallois flint technology. The ventral face shows a prominent bulb of percussion indicating probable use of a hard hammer. The flint is opaque and mid-grey with a mid-gloss patina but is now covered in a smooth off-white recortification except for an area of modern damage on the right side margin of the dorsal face which exposes the natural colour o…
Created on: Monday 12th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th March 2018
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Record ID: DOR-CE041D
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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An Acheulian greensand chert handaxe of 'ovate' type. The axe is well thinned and both faces exhibit large, shallow flake scars all over with only minor secondary edge working. The slightly irregular cutting edge extends around the entire axe, including the slightly squared butt, and the piece exhibits a marked S-twist. The chert is mid orange-brown and fine grained, largely reflecting the original colour (seen in areas of minor edge damage); the patina on one face is matt, the other slightly semi-gloss. Flake scar ridges are slightly abraded but there is no evidence for prolonged …
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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Record ID: DOR-CDE218
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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An Acheulian greensand chert handaxe of 'ficron' type with an elongated tapering point and larger rounded butt. Both faces are carefully flaked to produce a lenticular cross section, thinning along the axis of the axe to a fine blunt-pointed tip. The margins of the axe are slightly convex and also carefully worked to form even centre line edges. The sub-squared butt is formed from two natural fractures and has been battered to blunt the edge created by axial flaking on the opposite face. The original chert seems to be variable mid brown-grey and particularily fine grained. Surface…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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Record ID: DOR-CDA09D
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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An Acheulian greensand chert handaxe of 'cordate' type. Both faces are flaked all over by indeterminate mode percussion. One face has a well-developed convex flake pattern, the other has a slightly off-centre axial ridge, enhanced by a well-developed hinge fracture to one side. The waist of the axe is relatively thick, and the asymmetrical butt has a wedge shaped axial profile. The chert was originally mid to dark orange brown and now has a slight repatination, all surfaces are matt. One area of hard greensand remains, forming part of the waist of the axe. There is slight abrasion …
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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Record ID: DEV-9A8E1F
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Lower Palaeolithic flint handaxe, probably dating to c. 500,000-40,000 BC. The handaxe is ovate in plan and broadly pointed-oval in cross section, in profile it is very broadly piriform, thicker near the base, although tapering to point at both ends. The cutting edges are largely straight with no evidence of tranchet removals. The handaxe has a trimmed and rounded butt, and a basal point. The surface of the flint is orange/brown mottled with darker areas, at more recent chips the flint can be seen to be a fairly pale orange/brown, almost chert-like material. The tool has been bifaci…
Created on: Tuesday 8th August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 29th August 2017
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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 b…
Created on: Saturday 21st January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-9046AE
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete thick butted handaxe of 'pointed' or 'sub-cordate' type. Bifacially flaked on nodular flint with coarse inclusions. Areas of weathered chalky cortex survive on the butt and on one face. Flaking is steep to semi-invasive, with some relatively deep scars, producing a crude trapezoidal to lenticular cross section. Edges are irregular but overall are broadly straight and mid-line. The tip has been lost by flaking in antiquity. There is a zone of surface chatter at the butt end of the object - possibly the result of percussion or battering activities but equally possibly natu…
Created on: Friday 13th January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th January 2018
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Record ID: DOR-D2D2E5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A thick-butted handaxe made on a weathered secondary nodule of mid to dark grey flint, visible on a small area of modern damage on the tip. Sub-cordate in shape with an asymmetric cross-section, the exposed flint covering 90% of one face has developed a thick high-gloss mottled greyish white repatination while the other face shows a thicker more chalky white, matte recortification, the butt retains thick, chalky nodule cortex and incorporates a natural thermal spall scar. The remainder of the object has shallow, irregular invasive conchoidal flaking on both faces affected on one fa…
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 2017
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Record ID: DOR-9004C1
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete sub-triangular flint handaxe, most probably of a lower palaeolithic date. Sub-cordate in shape and made on a weathered nodule of flint with cortex remaining on the butt. There is minor modern damage to the butt that indicates the flint was originally opaque pale grey. The axe is bifacially worked with more gnarly flaking on one face and more even flakes over most of the opposing face. The flake scars are generally shallow, and the edges of the axe are irregular midline or near midline. The cross-section of the axe is asymmetrically oval and tip has been broken off obl…
Created on: Monday 26th September 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-A494A4
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small thick-butted pointed handaxe made on a thermally fractured secondary mid grey flint nodule fragment. Thick cortex remains on the butt-end of one face. Crudely bifacially flaked using probable hard hammer. The butt itself has been superficially dressed to remove a small area of cortex. The sides of the axe are incurved and the cross section is pointed oval. There is an all over mid-gloss patina. A lower palaeolithic date for this object may be evidenced by incipient thermal cracks within the flint. Such cracks are often seen in lower palaeolithic material and relate to natur…
Created on: Monday 4th July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-A4465E
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A partial or broken pointed thick-butted, crude handaxe made on an irregular flint nodule. Probably originally broadly triangular and pointed in form, one side of the butt and part of the associated margin has detached along a thermal fracture line, the break having an off-white patina. Crudely flaked, possibly using a hard hammer on both faces, it has a sub-triangular section to the tip end and areas of abraded cortex remain on the butt and parts of the central ridge. There is an all over glossy yellow-brown stain, except where post-staining breaks are present and it is slightly roll…
Created on: Monday 4th July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-A3EA64
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete elongate possible handaxe or knife made on a fragment of mid grey nodular flint. The relatively thick but narrow butt retains cortex on one side face and there is cortex along part of one edge, part has been lost due to thermal cracking. The cortex is now pale yellow brown and the exposed flint has a faintly yellowish off white recortification with a mid gloss patina. Much of one face and the greater part of the other face has broad shallow flaking indicating probable use of a soft hammer to form a narrow, thinned, elongate blade with a rounded tip. There is fine secondary …
Created on: Monday 4th July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-A33686
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete small bifacially worked handaxe made in dark grey chert with a thick pale grey recortification and low-gloss patina. Flaked all over using a soft hammer to form a fully circumferential mid-line cutting edge which is straight on one side but slightly curved on the other. The tip is slightly thinned and there is an 's' twist to the butt. The axe has pointed oval cross section and overall the axe is cordate in shape. There is no appreciable 'rolling' or post-depositional abrasion of flake scar ridges and much of the original dressed edge survives intact. There is very minor po…
Created on: Monday 4th July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 14th March 2017
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Record ID: DOR-07A576
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete heavy butted crude flint handaxe with a narrow rounded tip made on a nodule of off white mottled alluvial gravel flint. Two areas of the butt retain much older deeply recorticated (probably natural) flake scars with a now mid-yellow brown colour. One face has all over broad flake removal scars, the other is mostly flaked with mainly shallow scars suggesting use of a soft hammer. The tip is tapered to a point and thinned and the cutting edges are irregular but straight overall and he axe has an irregular crested cross section. The patina is high gloss with a lustrous pale ye…
Created on: Monday 9th May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-074E98
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible core or crude handaxe fragment. Mottled dark grey to pale grey flint discoidal core or broken handaxe butt made on a tabular nodule with shallow lustrous yellow-brown staining and a mid gloss patina. Some worn orange-red-brown cortex remains on both faces and one margin. The remainder of both faces are covered with large shallow broad flake removal scars suggesting use of a soft hammer, those on the putative 'butt' end are steeper and adjacent to an area of cortex. There is a relatively straight vertical break across the whole piece which may represent (ancient) breakage an…
Created on: Monday 9th May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2017
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Record ID: KENT-1F9A60
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An elongated-ovate/ cordate flint handaxe of Palaeolithic date (800,000 - 40,000 BC). The Axe has convex sides and the butt-end being wider than the cutting-end. It has an asymmetric cross section. The flint is pale grey to white in colour with some patches of cortex to either side of the axehead. The implement has been bifacially worked, with one face being more convex in profile than the other. This face has received little working towards the butt end (with the concentration of flake removals towards the edges), while the othe, higherr face is worked all over with multi-dire…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd February 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd February 2016
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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: LANCUM-00EFC1
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Upper Paeleolithic grey cored flint tertiary flake. A type of shouldered blade. These were most commonly used in the Later & Final Upper Paleolithic. Worn retouches, possibly from a later period. Length 47mm, width 28mm, thickness 5mm, and weight 13.6g.
Created on: Thursday 17th October 2013
Last updated: Monday 28th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Abbotsbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-CCC4D2
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Lower Palaeolithic 500,000 to 400,000 BC Acheulian hand axe possibly sub-cordate, knapped from dark grey flint. Flakes have been removed from both surfaces to shape the axe creating numerous scars and there is some damage possibly from glacial activity or plough. It is an elongated oval in plan, tapering toward a pointed cutting end. It has an elongated lenticular cross section with pointed edges. The edges of the axe are damaged and worn. The surfaces of the axe are a dark grey. The axe is 54mm long and the width is 30mm. The axe shares similarities with KENT-4B61A0 and ESS-144FE8.…
Created on: Monday 5th December 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 14th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'WATERLOO', grid reference and parish protected.


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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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