Record Details

NHER Number:33292
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe and mammoth tusk


In 1996 a Palaeolithic flint handaxe and a mammoth tusk were found here during gravel extraction. Four Mesolithic blades are also listed as being found at this site, although it appears that these are the same objects as those recorded under NHER 31950.

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Grid Reference:TL 779 956
Map Sheet:TL79NE

Full description

July 1996. Field Observation.
Mammoth tusk found in the area.
This record previously stated that several Mesolithic blade were also found here, although these objects had already been recorded under NHER 31950. There appears to have have been some degree of confusion regarding the grid ref. given and it is therefore unclear which location is correct. These finds were however reported as coming from this site in (S1). See NHER 31950 for a full description of these blades.
W. Milligan (NCM) 13 June 1997. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 3 May 2013.

August 1996. Stray Find.
1 Middle Palaeolithic small, flat-butted cordate handaxe. Shape and size suggests that this handaxe is Mousterian (of Acheulean Tradition) with an age within the period 100,000-30,0000 years before present. See drawing (S2).
Identified by P. Robins (NCM), see description in file. The handaxes was subsequently donated to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1999.
This discovery appears to have been reported in both (S1) and (S3). It is noted in (S3) that an incomplete handaxe had also been recovered at this site, although no oher information on this object could be found. These finds are also noted in (S4) and (S5), although the site code appears to have been incorrectly recorded as NHER 1039.
W. Milligan (NCM), 8 August 1997. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 3 May 2013.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 10001 BC)
  • HANDAXE (Middle Palaeolithic - 150000 BC to 40001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1998. Archaeological Finds in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 181-192. p 182.
<S2>Illustration: Robins, P. 1997. Drawing of a Middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Cranwich. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1999. Archaeological Finds in Norfolk 1998. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 358-368. p 359.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Wessex Archaeology. 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). LLO-3, No.23.
<S5>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22833.

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