Record Details

NHER Number:10472
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe


In 1931 a Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found on the surface of Belton Common.

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Grid Reference:TG 476 019
Map Sheet:TG40SE

Full description

20 September 1931. Stray Find.
Found on heathland (Belton Common), about 1 furlong [200m] from the Round Hills and on the opposite side of the old trackway between Belton and Fritton (land surface here is plateau gravel):
1 Palaeolithic Acheulean hand-axe. Ovate type with wavy edge, 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/8" [8.9cm by 7cm by 3.8cm]. One side more rolled than the other.
This discovery was reported in (S1) and the object itself was subsequently donated to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1954.34).
Information from (S2).

This find is listed in (S3) and recorded in (S4) as unrolled and with a worn white patina suggestive of it being a surface find. It is also noted on (S5) and in (S6) and (S7), although no additional information is given.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 7 April 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News (Rumbelow, P. E.). 1931. A Paleo from Belton, Suffolk. 3 October.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic. Belton with Browston.
<S3>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 262.
<S4>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 71.
<S5>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Belton with Browston (Belton Common).
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology. W&Y-6, No.2.
<S7>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22667.

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