Record Details

NHER Number:5592
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic handaxes and flakes, Weeting (Weeting with Broomhill, marginal)

Summary

Several museums hold poorly provenanced Palaeolithic objects that are simply recorded as having been found in Weeting. These include a number of handaxes and several flakes. The exact date and location of these discoveries are unclear, although it is possible that some were recovered from gravel pits in the Broomhill area, which is known to have produced Palaeolithic material in the later 19th century.

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Location

Parish:WEETING WITH BROOMHILL, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Various Palaeolithic finds in museum collections recorded as being found in "Weeting". The precise locations of these discoveries are not known. It is possible that some were from the Broomhill area, although it should be noted that this was a separate parish at the time when these objects were most likely found. See NHER 5641 for details of unprovenanced material from Broomhill, and NHER 5642 and NHER 5643 for information of the two pits in this area known to have produced Palaeolithic material. It is also entirely possible that these finds were indeed from somewhere in former parish of Weeting itself (now part of Weeting with Broomhill).

Roe (S1) lists four handaxes and two unretouched flakes that are recorded as having come from Weeting; these being held by the British Museum, the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Norwich Castle Museum (NCM) and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Finds in the NCM.
At least two of these objects are held by the NCM, including a handaxe (NWHCM : 1967.215 : A) that was listed by Roe as being in the Moyses Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, but was given to NCM in 1967. The Parrott Collection in the NCM (NWHCM : 1961.142.bulk : A) includes 26 handaxes which may have come from the Weeting area, this being where R. F. Parrott collected most of his finds. These handaxes were noted by Wymer (S2) in his discussion of Broomhill Ballast Pit site (NHER 5642), although he felt that the form and condition of these objects suggested they were most probably from another site, possibly Warren Hill, Mildenhall.

The NCM's H. H. Halls collection includes a potentially Palaeolithic flint flake that was found at a site in Weeting that Halls designated 'Site 41', the location of which is unknown (Hall's Site 41; NWHCM : 1924.83.41). The flake is marked "probably Bromehill". See NHER 5590 for information on the other finds recovered at this site.

An ovate biface from Weeting in the NCM's T. F. Newnam collection has also been identified as a potentially Palaeolithic implement (NWHCM : 1950.114.10).

The S. S. George Collection in the NCM (NWHCM : 1963.120.30 : A) also includes a collection of 10 Palaeolithic implements that are recorded as being "possibly from the Broomhill site" (NHER 5641). The objects themselves are however simply marked "Weeting". It is unclear whether Roe (S1) and Wymer (S2) included these in their totals for Broomhill. Wymer (S2) notes that the form and condition of this small assemblage suggests it may not be from the Broomhill area.

Other finds.
The Thetford Museum holds a small collection of flint axes from Weeting, at least one of which appears to be Palaeolithic (THEHM : 1975.304). There appears to be little information recorded about these finds, but it seems that they were probably found in the late 19th century.
Several Palaeolithic flakes in the British Museum labelled "from the brick pit" formerly mentioned under this number by E. Rose (NLA) are now recorded under ite NHER 5643.

These finds are also noted in (S3) and (S4).

P. Watkins (HES), 20 May 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • HANDAXE? (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (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.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S1>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 241.
<S2>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. pp 103-104.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Wessex Archaeology. 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). LLO-3, No.4.
<S4>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22748.

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