Record Details

NHER Number:21753
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Middle Palaeolithic bout coupe flint handaxe, west of Woodhouse Farm


In 1985 a Palaeolithic flint handaxe was ploughed up in the paddock here. It is an elegantly flaked example of a Middle Palaeolithic flat-butted cordate 'bout coupe' handaxe.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2213 9643
Map Sheet:TM29NW

Full description

1985. Stray Find.
Ploughed up in paddock:
1 Middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe of flat-butted cordate (bout coupe) form. Made of dark grey-black flint, unpatinated on one face, stained brown and part patinated on the other. Elegantly flaked. Unrolled but slightly weathered and edges damaged in antiquity, presumably by soil movement in permafrost. See drawing (S1).
Identified by J. J. Wymer (NAU). Information from (S2).
This discovery was first reported in (S3) and is also noted in (S4) and (S5), although no additional information is given. A photograph of the handaxe also appears in (S6).
J. J. Wymer (NAU) 1 October 1985. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 28 January 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Middle Palaeolithic - 150000 BC to 40001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HANDAXE (Middle Palaeolithic - 150000 BC to 40001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Illustration: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Drawing of a Middle Palaeolithic flint 'bout coupe' handaxe from Saxlingham Nethergate. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S3>Article in Serial: 1986. Archaeological Discoveries for 1985. CBA Group VI Bulletin. No 31 pp 53-89. p 83.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Wessex Archaeology. 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). p 67.
<S5>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22659.
<S6>Publication: Muir, M. 2000. A Good Place to Call Home: Discovering the History of Saxlingham Thorpe and Saxlingham Nethergate. p 6.

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