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Record ID: KENT-5674CA
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
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A fragment of uncertain bifacially worked lithic implement of possibly of Lower Paleothic date c.500,000-250,000. Description: The fragment is irregularly shaped, with one rounded end (the butt end?), roughly straight sides and a large jagged break at the opposite butt end. There is invasive, scaled low angle retouch across much of it was some short scaled abrupt retouch around the butt end possibly blunting the edge. The large break across the tools width is relatively old as it has begun to recorticate and patinate again. Where visible the fressh flint is pale grey-brown, the patina…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-B29187
Object type: END SCRAPER
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A flint end-scraper made on a thick flake of a brown-orange flint. The scraper is sub-square in plan and broadly rectangular in profile, although the large bulb is retained on the reverse. There has been some recortication of the scraper, with this extending over the hard hammer retouching on the right side of the distal end. There are more modern removals (cutting through the patina of the recortication) to the left hand edge. This piece is hard to date as its execution is generally undiagnostic, however it is potentially Palaeolithic (c. 450,000-10,000 BC).
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-9DCE85
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hampshire
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A cordate flint handaxe of Lower Palaeolithic date (500,000 - 180,000 BC), the surface rather tumbled. The implement has been bifacially worked, with one face being slightly flatter in profile than the other (which is convex). The convex face appears to retain a thin layer or cortex over much of it and has less working. Flake removal is apparent at the lower right wider end, and upper left and right edges. The other, flatter, face is rather smooth in a diagonal line from upper left to lower right. Flake removals either side of this are angled towards the edges. The pointed end is a lit…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
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Record ID: LEIC-876F9D
Object type: CRESTED BLADE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Palaeolithic (Early) crested blade, 40000 - 8001BC. 47mm in length, 18mm wide and 10mm thick with a weight of 7.7grams. Patinated an opaque light brown (rusty brown).
Created on: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: NMS-E01F25
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete ovate or cordate handaxe of Wymer's (1999) type J or K. Invasive soft hammer percussion to both faces, removing all trace of the cortex and/or any trace of the original blank (frost fracture, large flake or flat nodule). The flint is patinated a pale off-white with faint yellowish mottles, both faces have a few spots of iron stains. The flint is cracked by thermal (frost) exposure, the cracks are more extensive on one face than the other, and is responsible for the loss of the tip, the breaks followed the crack lines and are patinated the same as the rest of the handaxe, ind…
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2018
Last updated: Friday 4th May 2018
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Record ID: CORN-DA2A19
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A ficron hand axe of the Acheulean tradition, dating from the Lower Palaeolithic period, originally from the collection of Roy Rainbird Clarke (1914-1963). In plan, the axe is triangular with concave sides, typical of the ficron style of hand axe (Wymer, Mode 2, Type M). Made on a flint nodule the flint has been flaked to remove most of the cortex, except for a large patch at the butt end, producing a tapering axe which is lozenge-shaped in section. The narrow tip has been finely flaked to a point. The surface of the flint is coated with a thick, silky patina which has become a deep or…
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th April 2018
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Record ID: CORN-DA21E3
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint bifacial ovate hand axe dating from the Lower Palaeolithic period, originally from the collection of Roy Rainbird Clarke (1914-1963). The hand axe belongs to the Acheulean tradition and is classified by Wymer (1999) as Mode 2, Type K on page 11, fig.4. Made on a large flint flake which has been worked by the removal of flakes around the circumference of the flake to produce a roughout, followed by thinning using a soft hammer to remove shallow flakes from both faces, removing all traces of the original flint cortex. The domed dorsal face has been finished by the removal of a se…
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th April 2018
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Record ID: NMS-A41A71
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Distal end of a secondary, soft hammer struck blade, of white patinated flint, recently broken transversely by a bending fracture, now showing the original black flint colour within. Old, patinated use wear to the lateral edge without cortex. Possibly a broken long blade from the Late (Final) Upper Palaeolithic. 12,000 to 10,000 BC.
Created on: Sunday 8th April 2018
Last updated: Monday 9th April 2018
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Record ID: WILT-39E3DB
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Twelve flint scrapers probably from the Paleolithic dating to c 450,000-420,000 BC. Cortex is visible on some of the pieces and evidence of recortexing on one of the pieces. There is evidence of a bulb of percussion and concoidal rings on the ventral surfaces of all the pieces. The patina of the cortex is yellowish cream cortex with black flecks. The inner core of 9 of the flakes is light khaki brown with inclusions of white and dark brown marks. The other three flakes have a darker greyish brown core. The heaviest piece weighs 17.51g and measures 34.33mm in length, 27.75mm in width an…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th April 2018
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Record ID: WILT-39C403
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three flint scrapers probably from the Paleolithic dating to c 450,000-420,000 BC. The flint has cortex on two of the scrapers. All have evidence of the bulb of percussion and concoidal rings on the ventral side. One piece which comprises only core has a number of chipping marks on its dorsal surface. Similarly, one of the scrapers with cortex has evidence of knapping and retouch. The largest scraper has evidence of retouch along one long edge. The patina is yellowish cream cortex with black flecks and the inner core is light khaki brown with inclusions of white and dark brown marks. …
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th April 2018
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Record ID: WILT-397F62
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint scraper probably from the Paleolithic dating to c 450,000-420,000 BC. The flint has original cortex on the outer side and fresh cortex has developed on the inner surface. There are also small areas where the cortex may have been removed at a later date. There are also pits on the outer dorsal surface which may have been removed, although this may be the result of natural taphonomic processes. The inner ventral surface has evidence of a bulb of percussion with concoidal rings. There appears to be evidence of a flattened area and light retouch around the dorsal edge of the scrape…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th April 2018
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Record ID: BH-F922B8
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint handaxe dating to the Palaeolithic (800,000 BC to 250,000 BC). The handaxe is almost complete with damage to the tip. It measures 115mm in length and has a maximum width of 67mm and a thickness of 28mm.
Created on: Monday 19th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-E9DF0C
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A incomplete possibly Late Paleolithic uncertain tool - possible a knife or scraper dating from circa 100,000 to 10,000 BC.. The tool is sub-ovular in plan with a straight edge on one end - possibly a break. The dorsal surface has a roughly central ridge curving to the left at the rounded end, with an inverted y-shaped ridge at the straight end. The ventral surface is smooth, with the bulb of percussion at the straight end. The edges appear retouched to all except the straight (broken) end. The colour is mainly white with grey and brown marks, and it is not opaque. The object is 72.02m…
Created on: Sunday 18th March 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th April 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-E9B3F9
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Paleolithic uncertain tool - possibly a scraper dating from circa 200,000 to 10,000 BC.. The tool is sub-ovular in plan with an area of cortex at one end. The dorsal surface has a roughly central ridge with a shorter ridge to the side. The ventral surface is smooth and slightly dished, with the bulb of percussion at the opposite end to the cortex. The edges appear retouched to all except the cortex. The colour is mainly white with red andgrey marks and a red oval area runs along the central ridge, and it is not opaque. The object is 66.53 mm long, 36.10mm wide & 11.71mm …
Created on: Sunday 18th March 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th April 2018
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Record ID: KENT-7FC415
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An uncertain flaked lithic implement probably dating to the early-Middle - early Upper Palaeolithic. Description: The object is formed from a secondary flake and is pointed with a wide rounded butt end. The dorsal face is slightly dished from a previous flake removal. There is invasive flaking along the edges of the dorsal edges. The point is formed from invasive retouch from both the dorsal and ventral faces. This work around the point obliterates evidence of the bulb of percussion, the conchoidal rippling on the ventral side is relatively subtle although still visible. The flint is …
Created on: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 14th March 2018
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Record ID: KENT-7E4C73
Object type: DENTICULATE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probable flint denticulate of probable early Palaeolithic date. Description: The denticulate is formed from a curved tear drop shaped (in plan) secondary flake with a wider butt end and serration and denticulate removals on the concave edge. The distal face is slightly dished from a previous large removal and has short scaled abrupt retouch, creating a denticulate saw edge formed by two steeply retouched notches. The flint has smooth white cortex along the convex edge of the flint and is very smooth, allowing ease of use. The flint is white grey and has substantial off-white cortex…
Created on: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 14th March 2018
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Record ID: KENT-7D5FC5
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The tip of a bifacially flaked flint handaxe dating from the Lower Palaeolithic c.500,000-250,000 BC. Description: The handaxe survives only as a the pointed tip and is roughly pointed. It has been bifacially worked, with flaking covering both sides, this has been uneven however leaving one side much thicker than the other leaving it plano-convex in cross-section. The edges are defined by invasive, scaled, low angled retouch. Some of the flaking appears to be quite haphazard leaving hinge fractures and a large patch of cortex on one side. The Break is large and rounded and likely rela…
Created on: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 14th March 2018
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Record ID: KENT-FE0FE8
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large possible lower-middle Palaeolithic flint scraper. Description: The object is formed from an irregular flint flake triangular in cross-section. The dorsal face is quite high which helps form this cross section. The bulb of percussion on the reverse is fairly shallow although the discoidal rippling is very pronounced. There is a removal flake across where the bulb of percussion which suggest a level of shaping. The wide outside edge of the tool appears to be the working edge with short scaled abrupt retouch along a small section abutting the striking platform end. The rest of…
Created on: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Record ID: DOR-18C735
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible Levalloisian core flake. Sub-oval in shape with a lenticular cross-section. The flaking appears intentionally to have shaped the flint while still on the original core, creating a distinctive 'tortoise shell' flaking, typical of Levallois flint technology. The ventral face shows a prominent bulb of percussion indicating probable use of a hard hammer. The flint is opaque and mid-grey with a mid-gloss patina but is now covered in a smooth off-white recortification except for an area of modern damage on the right side margin of the dorsal face which exposes the natural colour o…
Created on: Monday 12th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th March 2018
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Record ID: WMID-9B27DB
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete, struck / knapped quartzite pointed biface handaxe of Lower and / or Middle Palaeolithic dating (c. 800, 000 BC to c. 250,000 BC). The biface has good evidence of working on both interior (upper) and exterior (lower) faces, making it a biface handaxe (Graf, A., 2004, 84). Approximately 75% of the total surface has been worked, with the original surface or cortex covering the remaining 25% of the surface. The interior face has been fully worked. The biface has an ovoid shape with a slight tapering towards the tip, with a rounded thick profile which thins at the tip. Th…
Created on: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th February 2018
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