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Record ID: WILT-A77BE8
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flint adze with tranchet edge, hit slightly to one side and retouched. It is worked all over and convex on both sides. The flint is very pale and creamy white in colour with some iron coloured staining. One of the convex sides is slightly flatter, and this side also has a smooth area (maybe coincidental) towards the tranchet edge.
Created on: Thursday 6th November 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Collingbourne Kingston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-FEE598
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint pick or adze of Mesolithic date (c. 10,000 - 4000 BC). The implement is lenticular in both profile and cross-section. One face is much flatter than the other. It has been knapped from a series of different angles on one face and retains c. 15% cortex on the same face. The opposite face exhibits limited evidence of flake removal. The flint is a milky mottled light grey in colour with evidence of recortication heavier on one face. The implement measures 114.36mm in length, 51.93mm maximum width, 32.93mm minimum width, 36.74mm maximum thickness, 13.56mm minimum thickness and w…
Created on: Friday 10th July 2015
Last updated: Friday 27th November 2015
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Record ID: WAW-623F42
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flint adze, plano-convex section with coarse flaking over the dorsal suface. Little sign of retouch. Large areas of cortex present on dorsal face. Poor quality flint, opaque, uneven grey colour with off-white areas.
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2009
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bidford on Avon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-536696
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Doncaster
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint adze dating from the Mesolithic period. See page 28 in Susan Palmer's Mesolithic cultures of Britain (1977) for a similar example. The square end is the cutting end. It has a length of 142.5mm, width 46.3mm, thickness 31.8mm and a weight of 207g.
Created on: Thursday 19th November 2009
Last updated: Thursday 8th February 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-644AA4
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint adze or pick, probably of Mesolithic date. The adze is knapped from flint with some cortex remaining at the butt end, covering c.20% of one side. It is sub-triangular in plan with straight tapering sides and a rounded blade and butt. In cross section it is also sub-triangular flattening to a pointed oval at the blade. One face is flat at the butt end where it is covered in cortex it has a convex curve through the remainder. The other has a pronounced central ridge which is particularly acute at the butt end then flattens at the blade. It has been shaped with large, shallow flakes…
Created on: Friday 3rd April 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SUSS-67EF94
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and partially knapped Mesolithic flint object, probably an adze, but possibly a large core (c. 8300-3500 BC). The remains of the object consist of what looks like the butt-end of an adze and possibly a third to a half of the small adze body; it has been knapped on all sides with long blade removals and smaller removals near to the butt. It is missing a portion of its body and potentially its cutting edge; a tranchet or lateral flake cannot be identified to confirm this object as a tranchet adze, as it would appear on the blade end, now missing. Typical to adzes of this…
Created on: Monday 30th January 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 1st February 2012
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Record ID: SUSS-62F577
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A heavily worked down possible adze or axe of Late Mesolithic or Early Neolithic date. The piece demonstrates intense flaking on both faces with the use of hard and soft hammers visible. Heavily probably dorsal arrises are visible on both faces, while the cutting edge is slightly asymetrical in profile. A small amount of cortex is visible at the butt end of the axe. The blade has been reworked with direct removals that extend into the main body of the axe, while some trimming and re-shaping is visible down the sides of the piece. Measurements; Maximum length (mm): 65.85 Maximum wi…
Created on: Tuesday 20th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd March 2016
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Record ID: SUSS-9199B5
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete early mesolithic flint adze head, 10000-8000 BC. The adze has been made from a knapped flint nodule. There is still significant cortex coverage over the surface of the object. Flakes have been removed to create the cutting edge and to create the tapering profile of the adze head. It is possible that the piece is a roughout for an adze. The flake removals are large and in specific areas of the nodule. There is no retouch on the object. It measures 148.8mm long, 57.8mm at its widest point and 33.2mm at its thickest point. It weighs 356 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: SUSS-05E663
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete mesolithic flint adze head, 8300-4500BC. The object is a short tapering knapped flint piece, it has a lozenge shaped section that is most visible at the widest end. This end tapers sharply to a point formed by a tranchet strike that has been further shaped down. There is a longitudinal ridge running the length of both the borsal and ventral sides. The distal end of the object curves slightly giving the piece an asymetrical appearance. The object is made from a pale grey flint. The object appears to be complete but does not seem to be finished. Length: 133.15mm Width: 42.…
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Record ID: SUSS-91C513
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Mesolithic flint adze head, dating to the period c.8000-4500BC. The object is sub- triangular in plan, tapering from the cutting edge to the butt. The cutting edge appears tohave been formed by the removal of a single tranchet flake. The adze has a slightly curved profile, with one side being shorter than the other, giving the butt a slight hooked shape.
Created on: Monday 27th March 2017
Last updated: Saturday 29th June 2019
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Record ID: SF6869
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flint adze, relatively crude, with roughly plano-convex cross-section. Made from poor quality flint (in places cherty) with a blotchy pale and medium brown colour. Cortex survives on the convex face and unknapped flint survives in the centre of the flatter side. The blade edges (either end could function as a blade) are radially flaked and relatively straight. The form of the adze is similar to some Mesolithic tranchet adzes (although it lacks a tranchet edge); though the crudeness may suggest that it is a later (Neolithic) roughout for an axe or adze.
Created on: Monday 24th September 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK GREAT GLEMHAM', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-8BD908
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete flint Mesolithic adze, measuring 145mm in length, 49mm in maximum width and 33mm in thickness. This adze has been transversely sharpened. It has a relatively flat underside and a centrally ridged back on its topside. The flint is pale to medium off white/grey in colour. There is a very similar adze from Little Dunham, Norfolk.
Created on: Wednesday 5th May 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tostock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-645DA4
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A patinated flint adze of Mesolithic date. It is triangular in form, bifacially worked with a crescentic cutting edge that has limited edge retouch and some cortex and iron staining on both faces. The object is struck from a dark grey/black flint and measures 75.26mm in length, 32.19mm in width, 19.05mm in thickness and 46.39g in weight. This is a Mesolithic adze dating to c.8,300-4,500 BC.
Created on: Wednesday 30th November 2011
Last updated: Thursday 18th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Barton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-5DD878
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A patinated or stained struck flint adze of Mesolithic date. It is triangular in section with a slightly curved profile and has all over bifacial flake removal. The blade end is rectangular in form with transverse flake removal and limited retouch. The entire object has a stained or patinated mottled grey/brown surface and measures 155mm in length, 47.44mm in width, 26.19mm in thickness and 233.20g in weight. The form of this object suggests it is probably an adze rather than a tranchet axe, and of Mesolithic date, c.10,000-4000 BC.
Created on: Thursday 22nd August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 29th January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Garboldisham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-11D77C
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete knapped flint adze dating to the Mesolithic period, c. 8000-4000 BC. It is broadly lenticular in plan and plano-convex in section, with a slightly tapered butt, expanded sides, rectilinear cutting edge and flattened underside. Manufactured originally from a large piece of blackish brown flint with some green and yellow mottling, it has been bifacially worked- both faces demonstrate highly invasive removals that have removed practically all of the original flake surfaces, though those on the underside of the adze are thinner, wider and low-angle, suggestive of preferential u…
Created on: Wednesday 13th December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bedfield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-85FC79
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint adze of the Mesolithic to early Neolithic period, dating to 9500 BC-4000 BC. It is oval in plan and tapers towards one end; it has a roughly lozange-shaped cross-section. The tapered end bears the beige cortex surviving (7%). The dorsal surface has a longitudinal median ridge, which forks close to the flaring end. Both the surfaces have multi-directional negative scars. The edges have traces of further retouches and old breaks. The surfaces have a greyish white patina which covers the mottled grey core. Frequent iron stains cover the surfaces. Cf Butler (2005, p. 104,…
Created on: Monday 6th August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 8th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bay Thorne End', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-69F27E
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete knapped flint adze dating to the Mesolithic period, c. 8000-4000 BC. The adze is broadly sub-rectangular in form and 'D' shaped in section, with a slightly rounded 'crested' outer surface and flattened inner face. It has been manufactured on raw material of an uncertain colour, which is now extremely heavily weathered with a deep brown mottled patina. The adze has been bifacially worked, with invasive hard-hammer and soft-hammer removals visible on both faces, with the result that very little of the original support surface survives. The butt is pointed and slightly rounded,…
Created on: Tuesday 6th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Attleborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-246613
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete flint Mesolithic tranchet axe or Neolithic flaked adze. It is trapezoidal in shape, expanding slightly towards the damaged end and roughly triangular in cross-section with a raised ridge running longitudinally down the centre of one face. There is a rough break across one end where a section is missing. There is invasive, scaled retouch on both faces, but this is less extensive on the flatter face. The flint is dark brown in colour with some orange staining and very little patination. A very small amount of cortex survives on both faces. Because of damage it cannot be ce…
Created on: Thursday 13th June 2019
Last updated: Friday 21st June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'St. Margaret, Ilketshall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-111805
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A core tool, worked on a nodule of unflawed brown flint. It is here described as an adze because it has a 'D' section and the butt has been thinned; both implying that it is hafted as an adze. However it may have been used in the hand as a pick. Mesolithic and Early Neoliothic tools of both descriptions are known and this tool fits Butler(2005) description of a 'Hassocks adze', found in a limited distribution south of the Thames. This tool has had 2 successive large flakes removed longitudinally to leave a flat side. This has been used as a platform to refine the pointed end, removing…
Created on: Friday 31st August 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 26th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Hoath woods', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-5D2B65
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large biface of cream patinated flint. It is elongated and of peaked 'D' section so appears to have been a Mesolithic adze. The plan is of convex and symmetrical working tip with finer shallow flaking to give the shape and sharpness.There is no sign of a sharpening flake scar from the side unlike the more usual 'Tranchet axe', but non tranchet forms are also known in The Mesolithic. There is blunting and abrasion from use with a notch developed on the right side of the blade. The left margin is complete with large finishing soft hammer struck flake scars and heavy abrasion to not cu…
Created on: Tuesday 4th September 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 26th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Hoath woods', grid reference and parish protected.


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