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Record ID: WAW-7440AD
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower Palaeolithic (c.800,000-180,000 BC) bifacially worked andesite tuff handaxe. It is pointed in form with a pointed oval in cross-section. The tip is truncated, the surface of the truncation matches that of the rest of the axe, so is therefore not recent. The butt is slightly pointed, but off-centre. Both faces have covering, low angled and scalar retouch, although one lateral edge is a single abrupt face, which may be due to damage rather than design, although the surface condition and colouring matches that of the rest of the axe. The surface of the axe shows some patination, …
Created on: Thursday 10th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 11th January 2019
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Record ID: NLM-951F06
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Toffee coloured flint with cortex possible debitage, as kindly identified by the finder. A large irregular flake with a broad flake removal scar on its dorsal side and an angled striking platform adjacent to a bulbar ventral surface. The opposite, straight, end may be trimmed by short abrupt retouch executed from the ventral aspect. The surface is weathered and battered. This reporter would welcome better-informed comment than his own on this object. Suggested date: possibly Middle Palaeolithic, 150,000-40,000 BC Length: 67.2mm, Width: 46mm, Thickness: 16.3mm, Weight: 45.16gms
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: NARC-E79A7D
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint Handaxe of middle to Upper Palaeolithic date (300,000-10,000 BC). The object is ovate in plan and bi-convex in section. The object is bi-facially worked and of cordate type. The dorsal surface retains a large amount of cortex along the mesal and proximal surface. Around the cortex there is long scaled flaking. All edges have semi-abrupt retouch. The ventral surface has covering scaled flaking with four large deep negative scars in the mesal portion. The flint is dark grey in colour with light grey inclusions. The cortex is light grey in colour.
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Record ID: NMS-9957DD
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tertiary, soft hammer struck small flake of white and grey patinated flint with slight iron stains to both faces, one edge is semi-invasively retouched to form a scraping edge. Due to its similar patination and proximity to NMS-990E2E it is possible that this is of Late (final) Palaeolithic date, though it is of unusually small form.
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: NMS-990E2E
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Upper (final) Palaeolithic semi-hard hammer struck blade with a faceted and isolated platform and only a slight bulge to the bulb of percussion, and a tiny bulbar scar, now white and light grey patinated, with spotty iron stains to both faces. The distal end is finely and invasively retouched to form the scraping edge, and both lateral edges are "bruised" or use-worn. Recent damage to parts of the edges reveal the original colour of the flint was black. 10,000 to 12,000 BC.
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: NMS-98B652
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible Late (final) Upper Palaeolithic secondary end scraper, hard hammer struck with three impact points to the faceted platform, of differentially patinated black flint, the dorsal face has slight pale patination mostly towards the distal end. The ventral face is patinated light grey, almost white, both faces have spotty iron stains. The extant cortex to the dorsal face is thin and weathered and this edge is recently damaged from platform to the steep retouch of the scraping edge, a few other recently damaged areas along the edges are evident from their lack of patination.
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: NMS-982188
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a soft hammer struck long-blade, the proximal end is extant, broken transversely in antiquity, the piece of flint before being broken has been burnt, the break has also removed an invasive flake to the dorsal face in the process, and this has fractured in a hackly manner due to the thermal irregularities from the heat. The flint appears to originally been of mottled grey flint, but is now patchily patinated white, the proximal end is steeply retouched (removing the diffuse bulb of percussion in the process) to form a scraper, both lateral edges have fine use-wear and one si…
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: KENT-0767B8
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete probable Levallois waste flake c.250,000BC - 40,000BC. Description: The flake roughly cordate in shape with a pointed end, rounded striking platform proximal end. it has convex edges and little to no retouch. The bulb of percussion is fairly substantial although the conchoidal rippling still visible is minimal. The fleet is heavily patinated a light brown/caramel colour. The pointed end is missing a section as it has broken away. Measurements: 155.52mm long, 60.8mm wide, 33.28mm thick and 480g in weight. Discussion: This flake has been produced by the Levallois techniq…
Created on: Wednesday 24th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: KENT-070047
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A very narrow bifacially worked middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe of 500,000 - 180,000 BC date. Description: The handaxe has long narrow ovoid shape in plan and has been bifacially worked. The flaking retouch is covering, scaled (although small area of sub-parralel retouch), low-angle to semi-abrupt. The butt is rounded and has a slightly twisted ovoid cross-seciton. The patination is light white and there is substantial light grey patches, likely chert inclusions. There is also substantial iron staining dark to light brown-orange across it in small lines and spots, fairly typical of …
Created on: Wednesday 24th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: KENT-F4C1A9
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The reworked tip of bifacially worked probable lower or middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe of 500,000 - 40,000 BC date. Description: The handaxe fragments has been bifacially worked but unclear if this was from a blank or a flank due to small size and extent of later reworking. It has a thin rounded triangular shape in plan, with a slightly convex butt end, rounded point and two slightly convex lateral edges.(mesal). It has been bifacial flaked with covering, scaled, low angled retouch. The butt end has broken and been heavily reworked as a useable tool in antiquity as noted by the fac…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: KENT-F42F44
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete ovate lower to middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe of 500,000 - 180,000 BC date. Description: The axe has a thin oval plan and with a pointed slight oval cross-section. It has been bifacial flaked with covering, scaled, low angled retouch. The butt end has broken partway across its width some point in antiquity as noted by the fact it is patinated almost to the same degree as the handaxe. The patination is light off-white and there is substantial light grey patches, likely chert inclusions. There is also substantial iron staining dark to light brown across it in small spot…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: KENT-F3A82A
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cordate lower to middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe of 500,000 - 180,000 BC date. Description: The axe is a rough wide ovoid in plan and pointed slightly oval in cross-section. It has been bifacial flaked with invasive, scaled, low angled retouch. The blade/point end has broken partway across its width somepoint in antiquity as noted by the fact it is patinated almost to the same degree as the hadnaxe. The patination is mid off-white with substantial iron staining dark to light brown across it in lines. On the bottom left of one side of the handaxe has begun to recorticat…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: KENT-F2FACC
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete sub-cordate lower to middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe of 500,000 - 180,000 BC date. Description: The axe is an roughly ovoid in plan and pointed oval in cross-section. It has been bifacial flaked with invasive, scaled, low angled retouch. The wide rounded butt has been shattered in antiquity with angled jagged breaks now heavily patinated. There is dark brown and light orange iron staining typical of Palaeolithic flint. There is cracks running throughout and the flint remains quite fragile. There is a small circular dish on the upper surface indicating previous potlid n…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: WREX-DAAB27
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Acheulean handaxe c. 500,000 to 180,000 BP. Translucent brown flint with a darker brown sub-circular patch at the centre of the object. the axe is ovate in plan and pointed oval in section. Bifacially flaked using soft hammer. Length: 157mm; width: 77.8mm; thickness: 35.5mm; weight: 409.8g
Created on: Monday 22nd October 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Horsham area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-C64F7B
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lower to middle Paleolithic flint handaxe, of pointed or ficron shape, made from dark brown flint. The butt of the axe is damaged with a portion possibly missing from an ancient break.
Created on: Sunday 21st October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
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Record ID: NMS-399665
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Handaxe, of Wymer (1999) type E/F, bifacially knapped tear-drop or pointed form: - of slightly dark patinated mottled black to grey flint with large, lighter grey coarse inclusions. All flake removals are hard hammer struck, the blank for this piece was a large, semi-flat nodule of derived (likely to have been found eroded from the chalk) flint with thin, weathered cortex extant to both dorsal and ventral faces where the flakes failed to overlap, thus thinning of the blank was minimal, in fact the thickest part of the handaxe when viewed in profile is towards the point, making the cutt…
Created on: Thursday 20th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 9th January 2019
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Record ID: SUR-201861
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A pointed flint handaxe, 108mm in length and 189.6g in weight with bifacial working and a roughly lozengiform cross section. There is short sub-parallel abrupt retouch around all edges. According to Wymer's (1999) typological series, it can be described as part of his Mode 2 technology, Type F, with a trimmed butt, straight sides and an acute point. The handaxe has a brown patina corresponding to prolonged deposition in terrace gravels. The tip has a relatively fresh break which shows a brown coloured flint typical of nodules available from paleogene clay-with-flints deposits in downl…
Created on: Wednesday 19th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 20th September 2018
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Record ID: NMS-94755C
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower Palaeolithic hard hammer struck large, thick flake, essentially tertiary though a small patch of worn cortex is extant to the dorsal face at the distal end, the flake is of banded grey flint, now patinated orange and brown from exposure to iron oxides from glacial gravels. Some small recent damage to parts of the edges, otherwise this flake appears to be without retouch. 64 x 55 x 24 mm. 90 g.
Created on: Friday 31st August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 9th January 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-536774
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Upper Palaeolithic flint piercer, 40000 - 8001BC. 65mm in length, 18mm wide and 11mm thick with a weight of 17grams. The object has a light to mid greyish blue opaque patina. The piercer is made on the proximal end of a blade by a semi-abrupt retouch. The distal end is a hinge fracture. The right lateral edge has a break along it. The left lateral edge still retains some of the cortex.
Created on: Tuesday 28th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th September 2018
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Record ID: SUR-55028C
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint plano-convex point or arrowhead made from brown flint, 51mm in length and 20.3mm wide. The point has been made from a single flake; there is a notable bulb of percussion at the base on one side and only the other side demonstrates further working. Potentially upper Paleolithic.
Created on: Thursday 16th August 2018
Last updated: Friday 17th August 2018
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