Record Details

NHER Number:4815
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic handaxe, Buckingham (?Didlington, marginal)


The Cambridge University Museum holds a Palaeolithic flint handaxe that is recorded as having been found at "Buckingham, Didlington". It has been suggested that this is a reference to Didlington in Norfolk.

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Pre 1968. ?Stray Find.
1 Palaeolithic hand-axe marked 'Buckingham' (Didlington), held by the Cambridge University of Archaeology and Anthropology (1924.1021). Listed in (S1). Information from (S2). Wymer (S3) described this as a fragment of an ovate handaxe. Also listed in (S4) and (S5). The location of this find is uncertain, particular as Buckingham is not a place or hamlet within Didlington parish. As noted in (S4), it is possible that the name refers to a specific gravel pit. It should however be noted that the museum's records indicate that this was from Buckinghamshire, although this is probably just their interpretation of "Buckingham".
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 30 April 2013.

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

---Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 230.
<S2>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S3>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 51.
<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Unpublished Document: Wessex Archaeology. 1996.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.25.
<S5>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22838.

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