Record Details

NHER Number:8354
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe, Palling beach (Sea Palling, marginal)


Around 1906 a rolled Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found on the beach at Sea Palling. The exact location of this find is not known.

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Full description

About 1906. Stray Find.
Palaeolithic flint handaxe from beach. Found by R. Johnson, given to A. C. Savin and then donated to Ipswich Museum. Subsequently passed to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1963.22). Information from (S1).
This find is noted in W. G. Clarke's records (S2) and is the reason that 'Palling' is listed in (S3) as having produced Palaeolithic material prior to 1907. The handaxe is illustrated (S4) and described as a rolled and stained "well-made example of a platessiform, Chellian implement". Reid Moir believed that this object was probably derived from the same deposits as material that he had recovered from exposures at Cromer. This object is also noted in (S5) (which reproduces the illustrations from (S4)), (S6) and (S7). It was later listed in (S8) and described by J. J. Wymer (S9) as a very rolled, somewhat pointed, sub-cordate handaxe. It is also noted in (S10), (S11) and (S12), although no additional information is given.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 9 June 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>Publication: Clarke, W.G.. MSS 126.
<S3>Article in serial: Clark, W. G. 1907. The Distribution of Flint and Bronze Implements in Norfolk. Transactions of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. Vol VIII Pt III (for 1906-1907) pp 393-409. p 395.
<S4>Article in serial: Reid Moir, J. 1921. On an Early Chellian-Palaeolithic Workshop-Site in the Pliocene "Forest Bed" of Cromer, Norfolk. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Vol LI pp 385-418.
<S5>Article in serial: 1922. Summary of Proceedings. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol III Pt IV (for 1921-22) pp 607-624. p 619.
<S6>Publication: Reid Moir, J. 1927. The Antiquity of Man in East Anglia. pp 42-43.
<S7>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.
<S8>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8.
<S9>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 35.
<S10>Unpublished document: Wessex Archaeology. 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Region 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). pp 49-50.
<S11>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22547.
<S12>Article in serial: Robins, P., Wymer, J. J. and Parfitt, S. 2008. Handaxe Finds on the Norfolk Beaches. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt III pp 412-415. p 415.

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