Record Details

NHER Number:6198
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic handaxe or Neolithic implement, Salthouse Heath (Salthouse, marginal)


In 1948 an object identified as a Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found at an unknown location on Salthouse Heath. It was subsequently suggested that this broken, bifacial implement was probably Neolithic.

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1948. Stray Find.
Found by C. Trench at "Kelling Lows End", Salthouse Heath:
1 Palaeolithic handaxe of grey flint. Donated to Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1954.221). Information from (S1).
Although it is not known exactly where this object was found, its recorded provenance suggests it was found in the southmost part of Salthouse Heath, which is adjacent to the Salthouse/Kelling parish boundary and Lowes Farm.
This object was not listed in (S2) and is almost certainly the "broken bifacial artefact…marked Kelling Lows End" that was examined by Wymer and described in (S3) as in mint condition and probably Neolithic. This object was nevertheless included in (S4) and (S5).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 13 July 2014.

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>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S2>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8.
<S3>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 19.
<S4>Unpublished document: Wessex Archaeology. 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Region 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). CR-1, No.3.
<S5>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22413.

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