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    • Period from: PALAEOLITHIC

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Record ID: KENT-EC06E1
Object type: DENTICULATE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A D-shaped denticulate of uncertain age, likely either early Palaeolithic date c.800,000BC - c. 250,000BC, or late Bronze Age to Iron Age c.1000BC-1BC Description: The denticulate is formed from a roughly D-shaped secondary flint flake. With uneven semi-abrupt retouch along the rounded edge, angled from the dorsal face. Some of the retouch forms two concave dips in the edge which appear to have been intentional, thus identifying this object as a denticulate and not a scraper. The blub of percussion is on the ventral face is very subtle and some attempts appears to have been made to re…
Created on: Monday 12th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 13th June 2017
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Record ID: KENT-EB9A2E
Object type: BACKED BLADE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint backed blade likely from the middle or upper Paleolithic date c.250,000BC - 9000BC. Description: The blade is formed from a roughly D-shaped secondary flint flake. With mixed low angle-scaled retouch along the top and right hand edges of the dorsal face. Very little other flaking has occured on that facing. Signicant crushing and blunting has occured ont he straightish edge (left edge of the dorsal face) clearly with the intent to blunt the edge. The blub of percussion is on the ventral face is fairly subtle although clearly visible and much of the other flaking which was invo…
Created on: Monday 12th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 13th June 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-AB7BF7
Object type: BACKED BLADE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete backed blade of likely Upper Paleolithic (40000BC - 9000BC) or Neolithic date (4000Bc-2200BC) Description: The blade survives from the butt end of the blade too roughly half way along the blade's length. The left edge of the dorsal face has been heavily battered in antiquty and it is uncertain if this was part of an attempt to blunt the edge or accidental, althoguh a seciton has a clear segment of of short scaled abrupt edge. The right edge has been reworked after the blade snapped so its orignal working edge is uncertain what is visible is short, scaled semi-abrupt ret…
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-AB2073
Object type: BACKED BLADE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A highly patinated and incomplete backed blade of likely Upper Paleolithic (40000BC - 9000BC) or Neolithic date (4000Bc-2200BC) Description: The blade survives from the butt end of the blade too roughly half way along the blade's length. The left edge of the dorsal face has been heavily battered in antiquty and it is uncertain if this was part of an attempt to blunt the edge or accidental. The right edge is serrated with short, scalled semi-abrupt retouch. The conchoidal fracturing (ripples) and the bulb of percussion is very clear and thus the use of a hard hammer in its' production …
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-949F6D
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower Palaeolithic handaxe of asymmetrical plan form with one long main meandering cutting edge, and a stout tip with two parallel tranchet blows to sharpen it, and a shorter, and straighter cutting edge to the other lateral side, truncated by a concave patch of worn pale brown cortex. It is of orange patinated mottled flint due to deposition in iron oxide rich glacial gravels, with a few small recent chips to the cutting edges show that the original colour of the flint was of a pale grey with off-white coarse inclusions. There are numerous thermal (frost) fractures to the surfaces, mo…
Created on: Thursday 8th June 2017
Last updated: Thursday 15th June 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-F506CB
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a palaeolithic flint tool reused in the later prehistoric period, possibly as a knife or other cutting tool. The tool is of a dark brown/black flint, rolled and with significant areas of iron staining. At more recent removal scars the flint can be seen to be mottled with cloudy white areas and rare white inclusions. The tool is D-shaped in plan, and with a truncated pointed oval cross section, with the dorsal face being more pronouncedly curved than the ventral. The initial working of the tool is bifacial, with covering, sub-parallel semi-abrupt retouch on the dorsal face and…
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Godmersham Cp', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-394F11
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two pieces of flint debitage, of uncertain Prehistoric date. Neither flake appears to have been retouched. The first piece of debitage is a secondary blade fragment, 24.0mm long by 9.8mm wide and with three parallel removal scars running down its dorsal face. Both these scars and the removal of this flake appear to have been struck from the same direction, and although the bulk of percussion has not survived. Made of a translucent red/brown flint. It is 3.1mm thick and weights 0.70g. The second piece is a primary flake fragment, 17.8mm long by 15.0mm wide and with no evidence for fur…
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-8FBF4C
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Lower Palaeolithic small, bifacially worked, flint handaxe of cordate type dating c. 400,000-150,000BC. The handaxe was found on the foreshore and consequently is rolled and abraded with a small amount of edge damage. There is invasive soft hammer flaking covering both faces. The butt and mid portion of the axe is thick and it then tapers to a rounded point. The cross section is lentoid (pointed oval). The flint has an orange patina. There is some damage to the butt with two large flakes missing. The patina has reformed over one of these suggesting the damage occured in a…
Created on: Monday 27th March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: ESS-3EA95F
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large flint flake likely removed during a lithic reduction sequence. The artefact is made of light grey flint, with some cortex remaining on the proximal end of the dorsal face. The ventral face is convex and smooth, and though it is difficult to locate ripples of percussion, it seems likely that this face was detached from the flint nodule during the removal process. The dorsal face shows evidence of previous flake removals, with the entire left edge showing evidence of a steep-sided abrupt removal. There is no evidence of retouch on the item, though it may well have been used as-i…
Created on: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Last updated: Friday 31st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ashen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-3E75FA
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint flake likely removed during a lithic reduction process. The flake bears evidence of a bulb of percussion on the ventral face, with evidence of a faceted striking platform. There is a clean break on the left distal edge of the flake (when in ventral view). The dorsal face shows evidence of previous stepped removal fractures. There is little evidence of retouch, though there is perhaps a small localised portion on the distal edge of the dorsal face as the edge curves inwards and up again, forming a small 'inlet'. If this is retouch, it is perhaps evidence of fortuitous use of the…
Created on: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Last updated: Friday 31st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ashen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-96344B
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Palaeolithic (500,000 - 10,000 BC) sub-oval flint handaxe with multi-directional flake removals, towards the outside edges, on both faces. The handaxe is lenticular in cross section, measuring max.52.6mm in width and max.28.2mm in thickness. It narrows to 38.3mm wide at the curved cutting edge and 37.0mm at the (now damaged) butt end. The patina is a deep orangey-brown 'toffee' colour, the damage at the butt end revealing a much paler, yellowy-coloured flint beneath. Iron staining is apparent along the arises. The handaxe measures 95.1mm in length, 52.6mm in max.width, 28.2mm in max…
Created on: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winchester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-00046E
Object type: BURIN
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint Upper Palaeolithic to early Neolithic possible burin, dating from 150,000 BC - 3500 BC. Translucent white colour with a grey from underneath. Sub-triangular shaped, with slight retouching on the long edges. Struck with a hard hammer, there is a prominent bulb of percussion and strongly defined ripple marks. The extent of the retouch is short with a semi abrupt angle. The flint is worn. The burin measures 38.8mm in length, 17.8mm in width, and 9.4mm in thickness. It weighs 4.19g.
Created on: Friday 24th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 6th March 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: ESS-46C877
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A worked pointed lithic implement. The tool is a dark grey flint with lighter grey and beige coloured inclusions. The surface retouch and flakes show evidence of having been 'rolled' or abraded, whilst the edge retouch is somewhat sharper. One side of the artefact looks to have less flake scars and a generally smooth apperance, suggesting the piece was struck as a large flake from a core and worked predominantly on the dorsal face. The tool is sub triangular in shape and oval in cross section. There is evidence of flake removals on the dorsal surface, though near the distal end there …
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th February 2017
No spatial data available.


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Record ID: HAMP-4533BD
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Lower Palaeolithic (450,000-250,000 BC) heavily patinated and abraded small biface flint ovate handaxe. One face is significantly more convex than the other. The flake removal on both faces is multi-directional, towards the edges. The shallower face has re-sharpening flakes that look slightly more fresh than those on the more convex face. These are possibly a result of discoidal reduction (pers. comm. Sophie Flynn, Feb. 2017). There is some abrasion on the ridges. An area of possible damage on the shallower face reveals the flint to be pale/ yellowish beneath the orangey-brown patina…
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-32BBD4
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint implement of uncertain use and date, Middle Palaeolithic to early Bronze Age, 60,000- 1000 BC. Description: The implement is triangular in plan and very much resembles a form of projectile point but doesn't fit well documented types and thus its use remains uncertain. It has long scaled low angle retouch along all edges, which comes in from both edges but most predominately from the dorsal face. The bulb of percussion is very subtle, the bulbar scar appears to have been removed on the ventral face. The flint is mottled med blue-grey with some white specks. Measuremen…
Created on: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-20F453
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower Palaeolithic pointed handaxe of type E (Wymer 1999), bifacially knapped by direct percussion with a semi-hard hammer stone from a small nodule of mottled grey flint with a patch of worn cortex extant towards the damaged butt; recently broken by thermal (frost) fractures. Both faces are differentially patinated with one face being white with a few grey/brown mottles, the other is closer to the original colour of the flint but with a few streaks of light grey "basket weave" patination. Type E handaxes are found throughout the Lower Palaeolithic period, are smaller than 10cm in len…
Created on: Wednesday 1st February 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 31st May 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-0C52AD
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Middle Palaeolithic probable Levalloisian scraper c. 250,000BC - 60, 000BC. Description:A roughly hemispherical flake with substantial flaking across the ventral face including and area of hinge fractures. The flaking appears intentionally to have shaped the flint that while still on the core, typical of levallois flint technology. There is a scraping edge from the top middle edge of the ventral face running down to the right side of the edge. The retouch is very varied but mostly long scaled stepped semi-abrupt retouch, the retouch comes in from both sides and gets finer on the ver…
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th February 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DOR-343987
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large chert handaxe. An elongate cordate handaxe in toffee-coloured Greensand chert. It is bifacially worked all over with shallow, sometimes large invasive flaking and smaller edge-dressing. The axe has a well formed and generally straight mid-line cutting edge around its entire margin. There is a single large hinge fracture et the edge of the point where a flake removal has failed. On the opposite face there is also an area of step-fracturing as a result of the weakened platform. The handaxe is unrolled, although the cutting edges and flake scar ridges have been somewhat blunted by…
Created on: Saturday 21st January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DOR-9046AE
Object type: FLAKED AXEHEAD
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete thick butted handaxe of pointed or sub-cordate type. Bifacially flaked on nodular flint with coarse inclusions. Areas of weathered chalky cortex survive on the butt and on one face. Flaking is steep to semi-invasive, with some relatively deep scars, producing a crude trapezoidal to lenticular cross section. Edges are irregular but overall are broadly straight and mid-line. The tip has been lost by flaking in antiquity. There is a zone of surface chatter at the butt end of the object - possibly the result of percussion or battering activities but equally possibly natural r…
Created on: Friday 13th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DOR-D2D2E5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A thick-butted handaxe made on a weathered secondary nodule of mid to dark grey flint, visible on a small area of modern damage on the tip. Sub-cordate in shape with an asymmetric cross-section, the exposed flint covering 90% of one face has developed a thick high-gloss mottled greyish white repatination while the other face shows a thicker more chalky white, matte recortification, the butt retains thick, chalky nodule cortex and incorporates a natural thermal spall scar. The remainder of the object has shallow, irregular invasive conchoidal flaking on both faces affected on one face …
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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