Record Details

NHER Number:10728
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Late Upper Palaeolithic and undatable prehistoric worked flints

Summary

Three Late Upper Palaeolithic flint blades and undatable prehistoric flint flakes were found between 1974 and 1975. At least one of the blades was recovered from a black peaty soil exposed during the excavation of footings.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 4012 9145
Map Sheet:TM49SW
Parish:GELDESTON, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1974-75. Stray Find.
Found in black peaty soil when digging footings:
1 prehistoric flint blade. See drawing (S1) (on which it is described as a blade core rejuvenation flake).
Found in the gravel drive around the same time:
1 prehistoric smaller, triangular flake. See drawing (S1).
Subsequently found in garden (possibly in the soil disturbed by the footings trench):
2 prehistoric flint blades. See drawings (S2) and (S3).
Information from (S4), which records these finds as Upper Palaeolithic or Mesolithic. These discoveries were listed in (S5) as Mesolithic flints "of Maglemosian type". There appears to have been a degree of initial uncertaintly regarding the date of these finds as there is also a note on (S1) suggesting that J. J. Wymer thought they represented a "…Grimes Graves type Neo 'coarse blade' industry". These blades are however most likely Late Upper Palaeolithic and were later listed as such in (S6).
See copy of correspondence from finder in file.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 26 February 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Upper Palaeolithic - 40000 BC to 10001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BLADE (Upper Palaeolithic - 40000 BC to 10001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Illustration: Gregory, T. 1975. Drawing of a Late Upper Palaeolithic flint blade core rejuvenation flake and undated flint flake from Geldeston. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Gregory, T. 1975. Drawing of a Late Upper Palaeolithic flint blade from Geldeston. Card. 1:1.
<S3>Illustration: Gregory, T. 1975. Drawing of a Late Upper Palaeolithic flint blade from Geldeston. Card. 1:1.
<S4>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Mesolithic.
<S5>Serial: 1974. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1974. No 21. p 4.
<S6>Article in Serial: Robins, P. and Wymer, J. 2006. Late Upper Palaeolithic (Long Blade) Industries in Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 86-95. p 94.

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