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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-DBCAF4
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Middle Bronze Age Palstave Adze with a damaged butt. It measures 132.6mm in length with a cutting edge 32.5mm wide. The surface is pitted. The cutting edge is chamfered and worn on a slant. Around this edge and the sides of he palstave much of the golden brown patina has been lost. Weighs 176.92g. The shelf is deep on either side (7.5 and 8.3mm) and the hafting end c. on third the length of the adze. Brendan O'Connor comments: 'This is a type known to Evans (Ancient bronze implements, p 85, figs 70-1). One of these is illustrated by Rowlands, The production and distributi…
Created on: Wednesday 31st May 2006
Last updated: Friday 11th March 2011
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Record ID: WILT-EE83DB
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A polished stone miniature adze of Neolithic to Bronze Age date (c. 3500 - 2200 BC). The adze measures 52.04mm in length, 13.03mm in width at the butt end, widening to 23.77mm at the blade end, is 10.92mm thick at the butt end, widening to 15.03mm thick in the body, before tapering to 1.33mm at the blade end. It weighs 27.30g. The adze is thick butted with an asymmetric profile. The butt is squared off and has been flattened. One face has been ground and polished flat with the blade end sharply facetted to create the edge. The opposite face is convex with facetted mesal sides and a…
Created on: Tuesday 10th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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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: WAW-F2B395
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy Middle Bronze Age Palstave Adze. The cutting edge is on the vertical and is heavily abraded and corroded. In plan it is a slender elongated triangle which is slightly swollen along the centre of the lateral edges. The butt is also heavily abraded and corroded. The butt portion has a rectangular cell with an open end at the butt on the upper and lower face, thereby forming a 'H' shaped section. In profile the adze is a sub asymmetrical lozenge, with the butt tapering to a blunt point, and the blade portion of the adze having slightly concave sides and expanding in w…
Created on: Friday 8th April 2011
Last updated: Friday 8th April 2011
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Record ID: SWYOR-FE73F2
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic flint adze. The adze has one convex worked side with the other side being flatter (but also worked). The tool is oval shaped in plan (and semi-circular in section) with the working end widening slightly. The other narrower end of the adze would have been hafted into a wooden handle and it would have functioned as a heavy-duty tool for cutting trees and woodworking. The adze weighs 159.95g and measures 118.5mm in length, 46mm in width and 27mm in thickness.
Created on: Monday 28th June 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'York', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-2F26B7
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of an early Neolithic polished stone tool – either an adze or axehead. The tool has been ground so that the areas of surface still surviving are smooth. There are quite large areas of damage on the tool; the blade edge is completely missing making the original size of the tool difficult to interpret. The tool weighs 146.77g and measures 83.95mm in length, 43.71mm in width and 26.87mm in thickness.
Created on: Friday 17th June 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Saxton', 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: SWYOR-BD78A1
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Neolithic flint flaked adze dating from 4000 - 2200 BC. The adze (or asymetric axe) is formed on dark grey high quality flint which is not patinated and which has few inclusions. It is sub-recatngular, tapering from a cutting edge of 40.5mm wide, to a rounded butt of 18mm wide. The sides are straight apart from the corners of the cutting edge which taper slightly. In cross section, the axe has a pointed oval asymetrical shape, being flatter on one face than the other. It is invasivly worked with covering, scaled, semi-abrupt retouch, with smaller removals from the edges. It is 127.4…
Created on: Tuesday 7th July 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 7th July 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-A20C17
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of an iron blade possibly from a adze, although it is unusually flat, or perhaps a mattock. The tool is 143.47mm long, 97.85mm wide and 11.77mm thick. The sub-rectangular blade has a convex cutting edge which does not project to the sides. The opposite end is broken off, so the orientation of any socket is not known. The side near the break curve inwards. The uniformity of the metal suggests a post medieval date.
Created on: Wednesday 24th September 2008
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2019
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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-275044
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A bifacially worked prehistoric flint tool, possibly dating to the later Neolithic period (c. 2700-2351 BC). This tool is similar to 'Acheulian' handaxes of the Lower Palaeolithic, in that it is bifacially worked and roughly piriform in plan; however, its finely worked sub-oval cutting edge and elongated form, coupled with its asymmetrically bi-convex cross-section suggests a Neolithic date. Similar to adzes from the Neolithic period, this tool has one 'humped' or arched face with a flatter, albeit worked, opposite face. The tool's distal end has been modified, possibly for hafting, wh…
Created on: Monday 22nd August 2011
Last updated: Thursday 6th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Chichester', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: SOM-122072
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a broken polished stone adze originally thought to be of Neolithic date, now thought to be a modern, Ethnographic, example. The fragment comprises of part of the blade end of the adze. It is now 'D' shaped in plan with a straight break along the width of the head and a convex curved cutting edge. It is pointed oval in section with convex faces and slightly flattened points at each side, one face is flatter than the other suggesting iit is an adze rather than an axe. The fragment also tapers in thickness from the break to a point forming the cutting edge. There are two sm…
Created on: Tuesday 7th February 2012
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: SF199
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Large iron adze; tapering hole through haft-end to secure wooden handle (accompanied by several small fragments of mineralised wood); long tapering blade worn at tip.
Created on: Thursday 16th September 1999
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK BATTISFORD', 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-102FB8
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete flint late Mesolithic to early Neolithic probable adze. It is largely straight-sided (although both sides curved outwards very slightly), tapering slightly towards one end, with rounded ends and an irregular flattened lozenge-shaped cross-section. There is invasive, scaled flaking on both faces and a possible attempt at a tranchet flake removal from one face of the cutting edge. There is some damage around the butt end and a small section missing here. There is also a notch caused by damage to the blade ned. The flint is a mid-grey in colour with slight patination on one…
Created on: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lackford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-0F929F
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete flint late Mesolithic to early Neolithic probable adze. It is straight-sided, tapering slightly towards one end, with rounded ends and an irregular plano-convex cross-section. There is invasive, scaled flaking on both faces and a possible attempt at a tranchet flake removal from one face of the cutting edge. There is some damage around the butt end and possibly a small section missing here. The flint is a mid-grey in colour with slight patination and some orange staining in places. The presence of a potential tranchet flake suggests that this example may be of late Me…
Created on: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lackford', 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-699743
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete partially polished flint adze dating to the Neolithic period, c. 4000-2500 BC. Under Clough's axe schema (Clough et al 1979), the piece corresponds his type E, 'D-sectioned' pieces. The adze has been manufactured on a piece of unpatinated greyish flint with mottled brown and black patches, originally by knapping a roughout and then by intensive grinding and polishing localised to the cutting edge and bottom third of the object. It is broadly sub-rectangular in form and plano-convex in section, with a squared off butt, slightly convex cutting edge, strongly curving section, a…
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-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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Record ID: OXON-F2AD74
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Mesolithic flint adze or pick, dating from c. 10,000 to c. 3500 BC. This adze has been made on an elongated flint nodule of a mottled dark grey flint, now patinated white / light grey with evidence of recortification. Being broadly triangular in section this object can be described as a pick as well as an adze. The butt is squared in plan, the side taper gently and evenly towards the tip which is rounded. The adze is worn but is in good condition overall, with an area of post-depositonal damage around the butt.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bix', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-06FAA1
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flaked flint adze with lenticular section, tending to plano-convex at both ends. The rounded cutting edge is slightly hollowed, the lateral edges are finished by peripheral flaking and the butt is pointed, possibly due to breaks in antiquity. The flint is stained a rich brown with buff coarse-grained inclusions. In use the flint would be hafted with the cutting edge turned towards the user as in a modern adze. Length 152 mm, maximum width 49 mm, maximum height 31 mm. Late Mesolithic or Early Neolithic.
Created on: Monday 24th September 2012
Last updated: Monday 24th September 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alby with Thwaite', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-CFC2B1
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Neolithic adze blade, measuring 110 x 54 x 17mm. It is made on a long sub-triangular flake with blunting retouch along both lateral edges and some shallow retouch across the broad blade edge. A few scalar scars on the ventral face of the blade edge may be from use. It is patinated a dusty grey colour. It probably dates from 4000- 2300 BC.
Created on: Monday 6th December 2010
Last updated: Monday 6th December 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Methwold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-71449D
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic part polished adze of chert or poor quality flint now heavily patinated mottled white and light brown with some iron stained scrapes across the surface. The cutting edge appears to have been resharpened by direct percussion and left unpolished. 137 x 59 x 39 mm.
Created on: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Last updated: Monday 27th June 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-CFEDAA
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic crude flint adze, made on a thermal fracture flake with part of the natural surace remaining on both faces. Partially polished at the cutting edge on both faces, cutting edge partially damaged. Originally grey flint now patinated mottled grey and white. with spotty iron stainaing. Measuring 143 x 49 x 23mm.
Created on: Wednesday 6th January 2016
Last updated: Thursday 7th January 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-E23509
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Triangular-sectioned Neolithic part ground and polished adze of patinated mottled orange, grey and brown flint with only the very tip of the cutting edge ground to shape with two small recent chips, one to the tip of the cutting edge and the other to one side of this edge. This is the first flint adze to be recorded from this parish. A fine example. 159 x 48 x 19mm. c.4000 - c.2350 BC.
Created on: Monday 27th April 2015
Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-86FF36
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete semi-hard hammer struck sub-triangular sectioned adze:- of light brown patinated flint with some small areas of spotty iron staining, mostly to the ventral face. The butt tapers to a slightly rounded point and the cutting edge is formed by flakes removed from the dorsal face towards the median ridge, one terminating in a slight hinge, this series of flake scars looks to be an attempt at resharpening and thus shortening the tool. Probably Neolithic as there is a lack of transverse sharpening flake on the cutting edge generally indicative of Mesolithic production.
Created on: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-1CC105
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic flint adze. Longitudinal curve partially formed by a large scar from natural shatter flake pre-knapping, some partial polishing towards the curved blade, straight sides tapering twards the rounded butt. Differential patination with one face appearing dark grey / black and the other paler, cloudy grey. Neolithic, perhaps late Neolithic. Length 128mm. Maximum width 53mm. Maximum thickness 18mm.
Created on: Thursday 12th September 2013
Last updated: Thursday 15th May 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-64A922
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Elongated adze or pick, bifacially knapped with sub-triangular cross section with the flatter of the two faces forming the underside, broken in antiquity by a transverse bending fracture, plunging around to an oblique hinge termination on the underside near to the (now missing) cutting edge. The adze is patinated mottled dark orange, yellow and pale buff, the coarse inclusions (mostly near to the centre) being of the paler colour and mostly on the underside the flake scars have "stacked up" in hinges due to the hackly nature of these fractures. Only two areas have been damaged post dep…
Created on: Monday 9th September 2019
Last updated: Monday 9th September 2019
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMGW-DABBEA
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Rhondda Cynon Taf
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze tool, probably an adze of Acton Park 2 or Taunton Metalworking Industries of Needham's (1996) Period 5 and probably dating to c. 1500 - 1300BC. The axe is near-complete with peripheral damage but is heavily corroded and with a fragmentary butt (with a length of 164mm and a weight of 157.8g). The fractured butt has a rounded point and is thin (6mm wide and 2mm thick) but has suffered some erosion. The sides are moderately straight and divergent to the side protrusions or trunnions (giving the tool a width of 30.5mm). The corroded trunnions are rounded and of…
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 5th October 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM5629
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Large worked flint adze, fully patinated.
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2001
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'LINCOLNSHIRE WELTON LE MARSH', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM5632
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic flint adze, knapped and partly polished.
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2001
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'LINCOLNSHIRE WELTON LE MARSH', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-6C3824
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown flint or chert. Adze. Knapped flint or chert adze formed by hard hammer working. The object is of ovate section with particularly large flakes removed at its mid point to facilitate hafting. A carefully angled cutting edge has been pressure flaked to sharpen or maintain it. Patinated overall; the underlying colour of the stone is only revealed where small recent chips have intruded at the butt end and at two points on the edge. Suggested date: Later Mesolithic, 6,500-3500 BC. Length: 128mm, Width: 48mm, Thickness: 36mm, Weight: circa 230gms.
Created on: Wednesday 20th July 2011
Last updated: Monday 21st November 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laughton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-952884
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint adze fragment. A sub-triangular chunk of broad lentoid section with, initially, two broad flakes struck from its dorsal side by hard hammer strike, and with an uneven ventral surface. Covering angled scalar retouch was carried across the dorsal surface, and a few comparable drafts appear on the ventral side. Broken at its broader end, probably recently. Patches of iron staining appear on the worked surfaces. The surface overall is a dull buff tint, possibly a deep patina arising from prolonged exposure to a calcareous environment. Suggested date: Late Mesolithic, 7000-4000 BC. L…
Created on: Thursday 6th December 2018
Last updated: Monday 10th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnetby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-D6CE64
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age flint adze. The flint is of brown colour with a creamy coloured patination. The adze tapers slightly from the angled cutting edge to the rounded butt end. One face is flat and heavily worked. The other face is more convex and is less worked than the other face. Some cortex remains on the convex face. The length of the adze is 91.7mm, the width of the cutting edge is 41.9mm, the width of the butt is 37.9mm, the thickness is 27.4mm and the weight is 121.88g.
Created on: Tuesday 8th March 2005
Last updated: Monday 10th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnetby Le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NCL-9F3A20
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron head of an Adze, heavily corroded, dating from any point in the Roman to Modern periods. In plan, the adze has a trapezoidal head with a projecting base. In profile the adze is triangular with a gentle curve. The projecting base that fits into a haft is subsquare in section while the main blade of the tool is rectangular in section. The edge is more extensively worn in one corner, and this wear combined with the curvature of the blade indicates that the user was probably right-handed.
Created on: Wednesday 21st March 2012
Last updated: Monday 26th March 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NARC-180DE7
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of an Early Neolithic greenstone adze blade, of sub-oval profile and lenticular section. The tool is polished on all surfaces, but has a number of damaged areas close to its edges, and is incomplete (the butt has broken away). Neither the blade edge nor the broken edge is still sharp. This adze fragment weighs 560g and measures 170mm in length, 101mm in width and 23.7mm in thickness. The complete tool would have been of considerable size. The stone is a blue-green colour and is likely to be a particular form of tuff known as 'greenstone', which has its source in Great Lang…
Created on: Tuesday 26th June 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NARC-FDE370
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small flaked adze of Mesolithic date. Dating from between 8300 to 4900 BC. Adze of this type are difficult to date more closely as they were portable objects carried away from settlements, and so are rarely found in association with dateable artefacts. The flint is white with some light brown discolration suggesting it has been in close proximity to a gravel quarry. The edges are still relatively clean and sharp. Sub-oval in plan and sub-triangular in section. One face is convex, withile the opposite has two angled faces.
Created on: Monday 7th February 2011
Last updated: Thursday 3rd March 2011
No spatial data available.


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Record ID: NARC-4BDA95
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete Neolithic adze (2700 BC - 2200 BC). The adze is bi-facially worked and sub-triangular in plan, with slightly concave sides. There are multiple flaking scars on both the dorsal and ventral sides. There is approximately 5% cortex still remaining on the upper face and narrow edge. The upper face of the object has a light grey colour, and a mottled dark grey colouring on the flatter underside. The condition of the flint is excellent, and is only slightly worn. The edges are still sharp. A similar artefact can be viewed at SUSS-275044. Recorded by Stephanie Smith, this …
Created on: Thursday 15th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 4th June 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LVPL-0E5426
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A polished flint Duggleby Adze of Neolithic date. The object has convex cutting edge and a rounded narrower end. Both ends of the adze have been made into a blade edge. The sides taper inwards from the narrowed end before flaring outwards again towards the wider cutting edge forming slightly concave or 'waisted' sides. The adez has been made from an orangey-brown (almost toffee) flint which has been polished all over to give it the smooth surface. There are some white inclusion in the flint, perhaps fossils or minerals. The object has an assymetrical cross-section typical of a Dugg…
Created on: Monday 2nd April 2007
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LVPL-9F49F4
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Bury
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A polished stone adze of prehistoric date, probably Neolithic, formed from a light sandy-brown coloured stone. The stone is very soft and has been polished smooth on each face. It is possibly formed from a sandstone variant. The adze is sub-triangular in plan with a wide cutting edge tapering to a narrow rounded butt end and a sub-square cross-section. The object has a thick convex cutting edge measuring 10mm thick which is rounded and worn. One edge of the cutting edge has been damaged probably in recent times. The cutting edge measures 61mm in width. The sides of the adze are …
Created on: Thursday 26th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 26th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Radcliffe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-1D5996
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Mesolithic flint lithic implement: adze (8300-4500BC). This adze has been made from grey brown flint with no cortex remaining. The flint has a thick patina. Flake removal scars cover all surfaces and there is some damage with lumps missing from one side and one end as well as some edge damage. Dimensions: length: 166.88mm; width: 55.65mm; thickness: 36.30mm; weight: 385.83g.
Created on: Thursday 30th July 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
No spatial data available.


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Record ID: LON-FF4673
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Modern iron adze with maker's mark (18th century). The adze has a curved profile with a central rectangular, expanded socket for the haft. The blade expands from 34.5mm at the hafting socket to 54.5mm at the bevelled cutting edge. At the opposite end the adze thickens and the cross-section changes from rectangular to square at the butt. On the underside of the blade just before the hafting socket is a stamped maker's mark of the capital letter S beneath a pheon (arrowhead-shape). The iron is in good condition with no corrosion. Dimensions: length: 271mm; width: 5405mm;…
Created on: Wednesday 13th December 2006
Last updated: Monday 4th August 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-088217
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Mesolithic flint adze dating 9,000 - 4,000BC. There is extensive flake removal on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces. This adze has been worked so that it tapers from the broad, rounded distal end (width: 41.72mm) to the rounded butt (width: 22.27mm). The flake removals on the dorsal surface has created a ridge down the length of the adze along the midline. There is some later damage on the butt and both dorsal and ventral surfaces. The flint is dark grey, and mottled. Dimensions: length: 99.57mm; width: 41.72mm; thickness: 30.80mm; weight: 134.84g. Identification and illu…
Created on: Wednesday 13th March 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 13th March 2013
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-C70827
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Mesolithic flint lithic implement: adze dating 8,300 - 4,500BC. This adze is a pointed oval in shape with a rounded distal end tapering to a blunt point at the butt/proximal end. There is a ridge running slightly off-centre down the middle of the dorsal surface. There is one small area of cortex remaining on the dorsal surface near the butt. There is a notch on the butt which is an original characteristic of the flint. The flint is mottled mid-pale grey and there is some modern damage and crushing. Dimensions: length: 124.17mm; width: 51.45mm; thickness: 35.41mm. Ide…
Created on: Friday 24th September 2010
Last updated: Monday 28th April 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-E70DB1
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A mesolithic adze, made from flint dating 10,000 - 4,000BC. An adze is an asymmetrical flaked axe. This is a flaked adze and it is unpolished. There is extensive flake removal on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces, there is an area of cortex remaining on the butt. The adze is oval in plan with an irregularly shaped butt, it also have an irregular lozenge-shaped cross-section; in profile this tool is curved. This adze has been rolled and there is some damage to the edges and butt. The flint is dark orange/brown and mottled. Dimensions: length: 170mm; width: 54.88mm; thickness: 3…
Created on: Monday 28th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-E502C6
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A mesolithic adze, made from flint dating 10,000 - 4,000BC. An adze is an asymmetrical flaked axe. This is a flaked adze and it is unpolished. There is extensive flake removal on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces, there is one small area of cortex remaining on the ventral surface. The adze is oval in plan with a lozenge-shaped cross-section; in profile this tool is curved. This adze has been rolled and there is some damage to the edges. The flint is dark grey, and mottled. Dimensions: length: 119.60mm; width: 37.97mm; thickness: 30.70mm; weight: 158.48g. As of 28.04.14 this …
Created on: Monday 28th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 30th April 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-0C0331
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A mesolithic adze, made from flint dating 10,000 - 4,000BC. An adze is an asymmetrical flaked axe. This is a flaked adze and it is unpolished. There is extensive flake removal on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces, there is an area of cortex covering approximately one third of the dorsal surface at the proximal end. The adze is oval in plan and it is irregularly lozenge-shaped in cross-section; in profile this tool is straight. This adze has been rolled and there is some damage to the edges and butt. The flint is dark grey and mottled. Dimensions: length: 109.16mm; width: 41.22mm…
Created on: Wednesday 30th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-F8FC6A
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete mesolithic to neolithic miniature flint adze. This is a small adze, it has been shaped so that it can be set into a haft, tapering slightly towards the butt. There are several large flake scars at the butt end of the tool while the cutting edge has been retouched and knapped more finely. The flint is grey-brown in colour and there is a black resinous concretion towards the butt, though this is most likely from its deposition environment. Length: 80.81mm Width: 40.99mm Thickness: 30.4mm Weight: 97.23g
Created on: Friday 8th January 2016
Last updated: Monday 7th March 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LEIC-37B866
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic flint bifacially worked adze, 150mm long, 41mm wide and 27mm thick.
Created on: Friday 5th August 2005
Last updated: Saturday 5th March 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LEIC-D23993
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval or post Medieval iron adze, 70mm long, 30mm wide and 25mm thick. The object is in fair condition and weighs 199grams. The object consists of a rectangular head which has a hole through its centre. It has a blade which emerges from one side and tapers outwards, thining to form a wide blade. The object is difficult to date, but its good preservation could suggest its towards the more recent date.
Created on: Wednesday 24th November 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 24th November 2010
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LEIC-58C955
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze age copper alloy Palstave Adze, 121mm long, 22mm wide and 14mm thick. The object is in fair condition and weighs 88grams. The object is rectangular in form and triangular in cross section, with a slightly curved blade. Its butt end is triangular shaped in cross section and houses two rectangular recessess either side of a central panel with a raised border to contain a handle. The object is slightly damaged around its edges and has small patches of original surface remaining. The object is similar to WAW-FLB395
Created on: Tuesday 17th January 2012
Last updated: Monday 20th March 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LEIC-FFB304
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval iron adze? Length: 109 mm, width: 43 mm, thickness: 15 mm, weight: 161grams. The object is rectangular in form and cross section and consists of a flat ended blade like section, which tapers in width from 43 to 21mm, where it forms a rectangular cross sectioned shaft. This has one face which is rounded to accomodate a circular hole through its centre. Its possibly an adze or a wide bladed chisel? The objects function is unknown but it was found as part of an assemblage including a possible hammer head LEIC-FF95BA, a bill? LEIC-FFA643 and a possible blade? LEIC-FF8999…
Created on: Wednesday 8th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Melton area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-916183
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze age copper alloy palstave adze, 140mm long, 23mm wide and 17mm thick with a weight of 159grams. The object is rectangular in form and cross section and is intact, with slight damage to its butt end and some of its surface. The butt end is rectangular in form and triangular in cross section, with each face having a rectangular shaped recess with a raised border to contain the handle. The blade, which has an elongated triangular cross section, tapers in width from the point it joins the butt. Overall it is 20mm wide and rectangular in form, then flares out to form a curved cut…
Created on: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 20th March 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-C62D81
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast lead miniature adze of a probable Roman date. The adze is sub-triangular in plan and the cutting edge is slightly curved and has been damaged in antiquity. The opposite end is blunt and flat. The circular perforation is slightly off centre. Most of the object is coated in a light grey patina with light brown patches. Length: 20mm, thickness: 10mm, weight: 5mm.
Created on: Friday 25th March 2011
Last updated: Thursday 6th October 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-083FD6
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Anglo-Scandinavian iron adze 8th/12th century AD part of an extensive collection from a known settlement. The length is 166mm, width of blade 52.3mm, hammer head is 27.2mm wide and 19.6mm length. The eye may have part of the original wedge remaining and was originally 12mm wide, elongated with a square end. The metal is slightly splayed in the area of the hammerhead, adze is curving, the width of adze in the area of eye is 25.3mm.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Last updated: Monday 16th December 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'LEA GREEN', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-087192
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Anglo-Scandinavian adze 8th/12th century AD part of an extensive collection from a known settlement. The length is 174.5mm, width of blade 96.2mm, length of socket 45.2mm, width of socket 55.9mm, the eye is tear shaped with a width of 30.5mm and a length of 36.7mm.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Last updated: Monday 16th December 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'LEA GREEN', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-5CE338
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast copper alloy palstave adze dating from the Middle Bronze Age, that is c. 1500-1150BC. The body of the adze is long and slender and shaped like a palstave with its cutting edge twisted at 90 degrees. It is complete and in good condition with only some patches of active corrosion. The blade and butt end are intact and most of the original dark olive green patina survives. A very similar example has been recorded from Warwickshire (WAW-F2B395) and Brokenborough, Wiltshire (WILT-DBCAF4) and on this example Brendan O'Connor commented: "This is a type known to John Evans (Ancient …
Created on: Tuesday 4th September 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 15th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crosby Ravensworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-697908
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze age copper alloy palstave adze 1500 - 1150BC. The length is 125mm, the width of blade is 28mm thickness 20mm and the weight 138.02g. The object is rectangular in form and cross section and is intact, with slight damage to its butt end and some of its surface. The butt end is rectangular in form and triangular in cross section, with each face having a rectangular shaped recess with a raised border to contain the handle. The blade, which has an elongated triangular cross section, tapers in width from the point it joins the butt. Overall it is 20mm wide and rectangular in form, th…
Created on: Tuesday 5th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-64B7A7
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast copper alloy palstave adze dating from the Middle Bronze Age, that is c. 1500-1150BC. The body of the adze is long and slender and shaped like a palstave with its cutting edge twisted at 90 degrees. It is complete and in good condition with only some patches of active corrosion. The blade and butt end are intact and most of the original dark olive green patina survives. A similar example has been recorded from Warwickshire (WAW-F2B395) and Brokenborough, Wiltshire (WILT-DBCAF4) and on this example Brendan O'Connor commented: "This is a type known to John Evans (Ancient Bronze I…
Created on: Monday 28th July 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'GISBURN', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-582C88
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic Tranchet adze or Thames pick, of light grey and orange flint.
Created on: Tuesday 5th June 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-A74F63
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy adze, of middle to late Bronze Age date.
Created on: Friday 28th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
No spatial data available.


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Record ID: KENT-32EBB3
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy adze of uncertain date. It is subrectangular in section and in plan and tapered in profile. The end tapers towards a bevelled edge and curves slightly downwards. There is a large oval perforation in the centre . From the perforation, the sides expand towards working edge. There is an old break, which runs at a 45 degree angle from the side of the adze near the upper part of the perforation towards the working edge. It is in fair condition, with a light green patina. It measures 59.22 mm L x 23.58 mm W x 7.75 mm TH x 15.98 mm DIA (of perforation) a…
Created on: Wednesday 28th September 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 5th October 2011
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Record ID: KENT-4480CB
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint adze of Late Mesolithic to Early Neolithic date c.10,000-3501 BC. This implement is roughly pointed oval in plan and sub-lozenge shaped in cross-section. In side view it is roughly pointed oval. In plan, the butt end is slightly narrower than the cutting edge. It has been knapped overall. The flint is It light grey and has off-white and creamy mottling along with some iron staining and concretion. The cutting edge is damaged as there are a number of small chips. The blade end is rectangular but there is no evidence of a transverse flake having been removed. Rather it ha…
Created on: Friday 19th December 2014
Last updated: Monday 22nd December 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-7B7B49
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint adze of Late Mesolithic to Early Neolithic date c.10,000-3501 BC. This implement is roughly rounded triangular in plan and asymetric crested (triangular) in cross-section. Its side view it is roughly pointed oval. In plan, the butt end is much narrower than the cutting edge. It has been knapped overall. The flint is med grey at the blade end fading to light grey along the adze and has off-white and creamy mottling along its length, some of which is cortex forming. The cutting edge is realtively fine, with minimal damage. The edge has been created using parralel retouch stri…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Last updated: Friday 8th May 2015
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Record ID: KENT-90CE46
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Neolithic knapped flint adze, dating to between (3500 BC - 2100 BC) The adze is ovoid in plan with a a lozenge cross section which becomes more rounded towards the butt. It has parallel sides, a slightly rounded butt and an angular almost riangular blade. The surface of the adze is covered in removals with scars and some impact ripples present where flakes were removed from the surface; it is possible there may be more recent damage, particularly at the butt end, but it is difficult to tell to what degree. The flaking is covering, moslty stepped (and some sparse scaled) and is angled…
Created on: Friday 15th January 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: IOW-9DA86C
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Mesolithic to Early Neolithic flint adze or axehead (c. 10000 BC-c. 3500 BC). This implement is roughly pointed oval in plan and sub-lozenge shaped in cross-section. In side view it is roughly pointed oval. It has been knapped overall except where there is a small area of buff cortex at the butt end. In plan, the butt end is slightly narrower than the cutting edge. The cutting edge is damaged as there are a number of small chips. It varies from black to light grey and has off-white and creamy mottling. Height: 75.9mm; width: 32.6mm; thickness: 23.7mm. Weight: 64.74g.
Created on: Saturday 29th November 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-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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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