Record Details

NHER Number:2645
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Two palaeolithic handaxes, possibly actually from Swaffham Priory, Cambridgeshire (Swaffham, marginal)


At least two Paleolithic handaxes marked as being from "Swaffham", in the Cambridge University Museum of Anthropology and Anthropology. Possibly from Swaffham Priory, Cambridgeshire.

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1888-1891. Stray Find?
According to (S1) the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropoloy (CUMAA) holds two Acheulian ovate handaxes from "Swaffham". These are marked '21 March 1888' and '1891' and were apparently seen by R. R. Clarke (NCM) in 1934.

According to (S2) the CUMAA actually holds 12 handaxes from "Swaffham". Miss M. Craster has however stated that all objects in this museum marked as being from Swaffham are in fact from Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire. No finds from Swaffham in Norfolk are listed in (S3).

It should though be noted that (S4) lists Swaffham as being amongst the places in Norfolk to have produced Lower Palaeolithic material by 1935.

E. Rose (NAU), 22 June 1982. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 3 June 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT? (Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 10001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HANDAXE (Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 10001 BC)

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Sources and further reading

---Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S2>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 50.
<S3>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8.
<S4>Article in monograph: Sainty, J. E. 1935. Norfolk Prehistory. Report of the Annual Meeting, 1935. Norwich, September 4-11. British Association for the Advancement of Science. Appendix pp 60-71. p 63.

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