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    • Object type: HANDAXE

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Record ID: SF-2DD64E
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint lower paleolithic handaxe. It is crudely pointed in shape and has been created on a cobble with part of the cortex remaining on both faces. Bifacially worked using a soft hammer. The flint is an opaque mottled grey colour with a shiny patina. The edges are abraded or 'rolled' as is to be expected given its coastal findspot. With thanks to Dr Hannah Cutler for identification. Length: 105.78mm, width: 63.56mm, thickness: 31.60mm, weight: 235g
Created on: Friday 26th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 26th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Covehithe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-90A9FD
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete but highly weathered flint handaxe dating to the Lower Palaeolithic, c. 500,000-250,000 BC. It is broadly ovate in plan and sub-lenticular in section, demonstrating a reasonable degree of bi-lateral symmetry. Manufactured on a piece of flint which has now patinated a deep orangey tan colour, the butt-end of the handaxe demonstrates heavily abraded cortex, an additional small patch of which is present on one edge of the object. Both faces demonstrate covering secondary modification in the form of soft hammer removals which have served to completely remove the original support…
Created on: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hintlesham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-0862D6
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A bifacially worked flint handaxe of Lower Palaeolithic date. It is struck from a dark grey/brown flint, pointed in form with rounded butt end, and pointed oval in cross-section. Both faces have extensive and thick mottled pale brown patination, with small areas of cortex remaining at the butt end of the dorsal(?) face and centre of the ventral(?) face. The object is bifacially worked with covering, low angled flake removal. More recent damage has resulted in exposure of the unpatinated flint, particularly around the edges and especially at the butt end where a large recent flake has …
Created on: Monday 9th May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 10th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lavenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-2899A7
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A bifacially worked flint handaxe of Lower Palaeolithic date. It is pointed in form, pointed oval in cross-section, and struck from a grey/brown flint that has extensive and thick orange/yellow patination that is speckled in places. Both faces have covering, low angled and scalar retouch, the dorsal face retaining an area of cortex at its centre. More recent damage has resulted in exposure of the unpatinated flint, particularly around the edges and tip of the object, and a modern breakage to one side has been repaired by the finder. This axe measures 118.03mm in length, 63.15mm in wid…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wetherden', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-296D07
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint lower to middle paleolithic cordate handaxe. It is leaf-shaped and roughly planoconvex in cross-section. Both faces are covered with shallow, invasive flaking and there are further patches of sub-parallel, long, low angle retouch along the edges on both faces. The flint is dark brown in colour with a glossy patina and there are patches of a hard silty deposit on one face. It survives in remarkably fine condition with fairly sharp edges and minimal damage. Length: 146.34mm, width: 92.90mm, thickness: 28.73mm, weight: 408g
Created on: Friday 11th September 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 16th December 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Iken', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-AE50E5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A large flint handaxe of Palaeolithic date in the Acheulian tradition. It is sub-triangular in form with a pointed oval shaped cross section and struck from flint that has a stained medium to dark brown colour. The axe has a rounded tip with triangular butt end and heavy flake scars on all surfaces. It shows signs of having been rolled whilst in the ground. This axehead measures 186mm in length, 115mm in width, 52mm in thickness and weighs 989g. It is of Lower Palaeolithic date, c.500,000-40,000 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 5th April 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 12th August 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mildenhall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-41E663
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small flint bifacially worked axe, mottled mid to dark grey flint. Length 85mm, width 65mm, thickness 25mm. Seen by N Barton, British Museum who commented on the small size (one of the Ipswich pits may have produced similar handaxes?) and agreed with the identification.
Created on: Monday 2nd June 2008
Last updated: Thursday 8th May 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-ADC3D0
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A flint handaxe in sharp condition with all-over shallow bifacial retouch, very unifrom slightly pointed oval in shape. Unpatinated or stained and a dark brown/black flint with one plae grey patch near the tip. Length 99mm, width 77mm and maximum thickness is 24mm. This axe looks like a relatively recent product, however no obvious recent flake scar marks are visible, so it has probably been buried for some time. None-the-less its discovered position, only 15cm deep, suggests a re-deposition from an unknown context. It could therefore be modern and in the form of a middle Palaeolith…
Created on: Wednesday 16th May 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 12th August 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bawdsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-0446A5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A flint handaxe of lower Palaeolithic date, complete apart from a single flake removed from the base of one edge. It is pointed and sub-triangular and is only slightly rolled, though possibly partly through beach action. The rounded butt end has cortex remaining on part of it. The flint is irregularly stained with mixed pale to dark browns over varied pale to dark grey flint, which is exposed by the detached flake.
Created on: Thursday 7th September 2006
Last updated: Friday 9th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Benacre', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-B8D7C6
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A unifacial plano-convex handaxe made on a large flake which remains without further retouch on the bulbous face. There is extensive all-over heavy flaking on the dorsal face. The flint is a motled brown due to staining, the surface is relatively glossy and the flake edges are all slightly rounded suggesting either rolling or wind/water abrasion. This handaxe is Lower Palaeolithic in date. Dr Kevin Leahy adds: the unifacial form of this implement suggests that it was made using the Levallois technique which would allow it to be placed in the Middle Palaeolithic.
Created on: Tuesday 12th April 2005
Last updated: Tuesday 12th August 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Arwarton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF8376
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Large flint hand-axe, squat ovate form. Rolled and abraded condition. Stained deep mid and dark brown, with a recent chip from one edge revealing pale grey flint beneath. Lower (early) Palaeolithic, c. 500,000 BC to 40,000 BC.
Created on: Wednesday 3rd April 2002
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'HIGHAM', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF7029
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flint handaxe in rolled condition; an old fracture has removed part of the point. Yellow-brown patination with white 'clouds' in part. Numerous percussion marks from impacts with stones in the sea or on the beach.
Created on: Thursday 11th October 2001
Last updated: Thursday 19th March 2015
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Record ID: SF4142
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Ovate handaxe, broken at one end in antiquity. Glossy red/brown stained flint with a large number of coarse-grained inclusions. An old but thinly patinated chip indicates that the flint is probably pale grey in colour. One face is flaked all over; the opposed face is more than 50% cortex, which is thick but weathered, of a buff colour with black speckled staining. Dimensions: 124 mm surviving length, 85 mm wide and 30 mm thick. Condition: lightly rolled. Wymer does not list any Palaeolithic material from the immediate area, but gives examples of handaxes from Belton Common and Hopton-…
Created on: Friday 8th December 2000
Last updated: Wednesday 9th July 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SOMERLEYTON ASHBY AND HERRINGFLEET', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF3187
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Pointed flint biface with yellow-brown patination (some of the secondary working along the edges appears unpatinated but is probably original. Sharp condition.
Created on: Friday 11th August 2000
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK WESTHORPE', grid reference and parish protected.


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