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Record ID: IOW-83889C
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An almost complete Mesolithic to Early Neolithic flint adze or axehead (c. 10000 BC-c. 3500 BC). This implement is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross-section. One face has been entirely knapped and the other face has about 70% cortex. The flaking at the cutting edge end is long and short, scaled and semi-abrupt. The cortex is grey and buff and the flaked areas have a grey patina with creamy mottling and some iron staining. A modern chip near the butt end on the cortex reveals that the flint is dark grey. Length: 157.0mm; width: 60.9mm; thickness: 37.5mm. Weig…
Created on: Monday 23rd June 2014
Last updated: Thursday 28th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-BAA905
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Mesolithic to Early Neolithic chert adze or axehead (c. 10000 BC-c. 3500 BC). This implement is an elongated oval shape in plan. In side view it is pointed at the butt end and oblique at the cutting edge. The dorsal face is characteristically humped. Flake removal scars cover all surfaces and there is no cortex. Particularly large flakes have been removed on the ventral face at its mid point, possibly to facilitate hafting. The ridge on one side is mildly 'S'-shaped and the other ridge is straighter. The cutting edge appears to have old damage at its apex. The impleme…
Created on: Wednesday 27th September 2017
Last updated: Friday 29th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-2B82CD
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Mesolithic to Neolithic flint adze (c. 9000 BC-c. 3500 BC), The butt is missing due to an old transverse break. This implement is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross-section. It has been bi-facially worked on both faces and has highly invasive removals. In side view it is oblique at the cutting edge. The dorsal surface has a longitudinal median ridge that extends from the butt end to about half way along its length. The cutting edge is curved and on the dorsal face there is minimal retouch which is short, sub-parallel and low angled. A small area of buff…
Created on: Tuesday 14th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 14th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-F6BA2D
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Mesolithic or Neolithic flint adze or pick (c. 10000 -c. 3500 BC) . This object has been made on an elongated flint nodule. It is sub-oval in cross-section except at the butt end where it is sub triangular in cross-section. The dorsal face has about 80% off-white cortex and the ventral face has been crudely flaked all over. A large indentation on the ventral face appears to have been made deliberately. The implement seems not to have a cutting edge but may have been damaged while in use. However, the patina is the same as elsewhere. The butt end is worked overall and is relatively f…
Created on: Friday 6th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-3B87BD
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Neolithic flint adze (4000 BC-2351 BC). This adze is an elongated sub-oval shape in plan and is wider at the cutting edge than at the butt end. It is crested in cross-section but the ventral face is convex. Both faces are knapped overall except for a brown area on the ventral face which is cortex. A break has occurred on the ventral face close to the cutting edge and the butt end has been remodelled. The patina on both faces varies from off-white to orange. The patina on the break and the remodelled area is greyish. Length: 134.6mm; width: 47.4mm; thickness: 32.0mm. Weight: 213.02g.
Created on: Sunday 2nd June 2019
Last updated: Sunday 2nd June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-97E95B
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An almost complete Neolithic stone adze (4000 BC-2351 BC). This adze is sub-triangular in plan and an elongated 'D'-shape in side view. The front (dorsal) face is convex and the rear (ventral) face is flat. From the butt, the sides flare evenly to the curved cutting edge. The lower part of the ventral faces curves inwards towards the cutting edge. The dorsal face is regularly pitted and the ventral face is very smooth. The surface is green with a reddish hue but with a darker area close to the butt on the ventral face. Slight damage on the dorsal face has revealed that the colour of …
Created on: Thursday 6th June 2019
Last updated: Monday 10th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-69A2A6
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Encrusted iron adze of probable post medieval date (1550-1750). The adze is broadly sub-rectangular in plan with a splayed blade at one end and rounded butt at the other. The butt is finished with a cylindrical projection which may have acted as a hammer. From this projecting butt the axe expands forming a relatively straight sided blade which flares at the base forming a crescent shaped blade. In profile the adze tapers from a thickened butt to the cutting edge. The adze is pierced just below the butt with the shaft hole which is broadly sub-rectangular in shape and regular in width. …
Created on: Wednesday 4th June 2008
Last updated: Sunday 24th July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ellesmere', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-5F7481
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete knapped flint adze or axe of Mesolithic date. Some cortex has been left at the butt end and extends up the centre of the lower surface of the tool, just over a third of the length. The upper surface has a high central ridge, bevelled to each side, and a steep, 'tranchet' removal at the blade end. The lower surface has a shallower central ridge, bevelled to each side, with longer, far more shallow, removals at the blade end. The sides are slightly wavy and battered but the removals are generally fairly crisp. The flint is a mottled light-grey colour with some darker and s…
Created on: Tuesday 19th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: HAMP-594273
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete knapped flint adze or axehead of Mesolithic date. It has an asymmetrical hexagonal cross-section with comparable areas above and below the median line; where the upper surface thins the lower surface thickens and vice versa along the length of the artefact. A small patch of cortex remains in a slight depression central on the upper surface; flaking has otherwise removed all of the cortex. On the upper surface there are three long removals at the tip at the distal end, one central, the others to each side (cf. an adze illustrated in Butler 2005, 106; ref. 42.1). At the tip a…
Created on: Thursday 5th January 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 10th January 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: HAMP-4AC434
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete knapped flint core tool of Mesolithic date: a 'Thames pick' (given the findspot), more specifically a probable tranchet adze. Some possible cortex appears to have been left at a facet at the butt end; the cortex has otherwise been removed from the nodule in its entirety through hammer flaking. The tool has an asymmetrical biconvex cross section. The butt end is reasonably straight, with an unusual hinged fracture on the lower surface. The upper surface has a high central longitudinal ridge, bevelled to each side, and a steep, 'tranchet' removal at the blade end. The lower s…
Created on: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Last updated: Thursday 7th July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Twickenham CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-36A377
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy palstave adze that is rectangular in form and cross-section with a narrow curved blade. The rear half has flanged sides on both the top and bottom faces that project vertically creating a U-shaped channel that terminate at the stop ridge that is position in the middle of the item. A small triangular indentation sits in front to the stop ridge. The sides on the front half have a shallow concave arc that expands out to either tip of the blade. The forward edge of the blade has a short bevel (2mm long) on both sides, although one side is steeper than the other and maybe …
Created on: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Last updated: Monday 15th July 2019
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Record ID: FAKL-353FAC
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flaked flint adze made from a piece of a nodule, small area of cortex present, opaque, mixed grey flint with light recortincation. Flaked all over to produce a D shaped secton, rounded cutting edge on flat face of D. Length 93mm, Width 57mm, Thickness 32mm, Mass 227.0g
Created on: Wednesday 13th May 2015
Last updated: Friday 15th May 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: FAKL-ADD3FF
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Mesolithic flint adze of 'Hassocks adze' type (Butler 2005, 103, Fig. 42.4). The adze was made from a flint nodule, its surfaces are now obscured by white recortication. An area of original cortex survives on one side and the flat face bears a cavity containing quartz crystals. Heavy flaking was carried out from the flat face producing a keeled section. Flaking has produced a narrowing around the mid point of the adze which is a feature of these implements. One end is pointed, the other, damaged in antiquity, was bifacially worked to produce an edge. Length 195mm, Width 59, Thickness …
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Saturday 13th June 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: FAKL-B2E038
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Mesolithic adze made from a flint nodule, cortex present on one one face, the other surfaces are bear light recortication covering an opaque, grey flint. . The general section is D shaped with one flat face which bears a heavier recortication and may, in part, be natural. Coarse flaking, struck from this face, covers the sides of the object and, at one end, is a rounded point, The other end of the object retains its original cortex. The central section of the adze is narrowed, presenting a slight waist. No parallels have been found for this object although it could be compared to the …
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Saturday 13th June 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: ESS-43E6D6
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lithic impliment: Mesolithic tranchet adze, dating 9000 to 6000 BC. There have been suggestions that tranchet adze continued in use into the Neolithic, however there is no direct evidence for this. The adze is an elongated oval in plan with a lenticular cross section with pointed edges. In profile the adze is sub-rectangular with elongated pointed blade end. The blade end shows no evidence of wear, however the blade end of adze could be restruck to form a new cutting edge. The rough shape of the adze was created using a hard hammer to remove the outer cortex of a flint nodule (however …
Created on: Monday 4th June 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: ESS-A66C20
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic flint adze dating 9000 to 6000 BC. The rough shape of the adze was created using a hard hammer to remove the outer cortex of a flint nodule, however large amount of natural cortex survives on one edge of the adze. This roughout was then further shaped using covering removals. The edge without cortex, and the blade end have semi-abrupt removals to further shape the adze. The surface of the adze is covered in removals with scars and some impact ripples present where flakes were removed from the surface. The adze is sub-rectangular in plan with a lenticular cross section with p…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
No spatial data available.


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Record ID: ESS-295A75
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic (9000-6000BC) knapped flint adze. The adze is an elongated oval in plan with a lenticular cross section with pointed edges. In profile the adze is sub-trapezoid with an elongated pointed blade end, and the upper surface is concave. The blade is slightly damaged and worn. The rough shape of the adze was created using a hard hammer to remove the outer cortex of a flint nodule, however a small amount of natural cortex survives on the upper surface. This roughout was then further shaped using covering removals. The surface of the adze is covered in removals with scars and some i…
Created on: Thursday 20th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Steeple CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-CE3E94
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lithic impliment: Mesolithic adze, dating 9000 to 6000 BC. There have been suggestions that tranchet adze continued in use into the Neolithic, however there is no direct evidence for this. The adze is sub-rectangular in plan with a lenticular cross section with pointed edges. In profile the adze is sub-triangular with elongated pointed blade end. The blade end is slightly damaged. The rough shape of the adze was created using a hard hammer to remove the outer cortex of a flint nodule. This roughout was then further shaped using covering removals. Further flakes were removed to narrow t…
Created on: Thursday 3rd January 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East of Colchester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-35F9E7
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint Mesolithic adze. The axe is small (98mm long and 44mm wide). It is 21mm thick and weights 97.4g. It has parallel sides, a rounded distal end and flat proximal end. There is bifacial working. The dorsal surface retains some cortex. The two medial edges and the distal end have been retouched to form a cutting edge. It has a slightly curved, sub-triangular cross. The flint is dark grey with an orange/brown patination.
Created on: Tuesday 7th July 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: ESS-851F72
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably an unfinished Mesolithic adze. It is rectangular in plan with a sub-triangular cross section. Two of the sides are almost completely covered in natural brown cortex, which cointains some fossilised remains in the form of short, curved lines which are possibly from a sponge. The third side has had flakes removed from the surface in several different directions, many of which have left hinged or overshot terminations. The flint is dark grey-black in colour, with small patches of light grey. It is 113.97mm long, 40.85mm wide, 33.02mm thick and it weighs 228.77 grams.
Created on: Friday 17th April 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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