Record Details

NHER Number:9145
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic gouge and Neolithic axehead (possibly the same object)


At an unspecified date a Neolithic axehead was found in the nursery here. Possibly the same object as a 'Palaeolithic gouge' recorded by W. G. Clarke in 1906.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 024 917
Map Sheet:TM09SW

Full description

Pre 1934. Stray Find.
In 1934 H. Apling exhibited an "ochreous axe" of possible Neolithic date at a meeting of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia (S1). This object was described as peat stained, measuring 4in [10 cm] by 2in [5cm] and had been found 18in [46cm] "down in nursery" on Sir Hugh Beevor's estate at Hargham. Information from (S2).

According to (S2) this is possible the site where a small Palaeolithic 'gouge' was found on the surface in 1906; a find noted in (S3). The record card is not entirely clear, but it appears to suggest that this may be the same object as that which was later described as a Neolithic axe.

P. Watkins (HES), 9 April 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Palaeolithic - 1000000 BC? to 10001 BC?)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Associated Finds

  • GOUGE? (Lower Palaeolithic to Upper Palaeolithic - 500000 BC? to 10001 BC?)
  • FLAKED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1934. Summary of Proceedings. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol VII Pt III pp 427-430. p 427.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic.
<S3>Publication: Clarke, W.G.. Ms 126.

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