Record Details

NHER Number:9486
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint flakes, Hethel (Bracon Ash, marginal)

Summary

The Norwich Castle Museum holds two Palaeolithic flint flakes (one with retouch) that were found at unrecorded locations in the Hethel area during the early 20th century.

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Location

Parish:BRACON ASH, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Pre 1926. Stray Find.
According to (S1) the Norwich Castle Museum hold two unprovenanced Palaeolithic flint flakes, one with retouch, that were found in the Hethel area (now part of Bracon Ash parish). These are likely to be two worked flints that were previously recorded under NHER 9485.

The retouched flake listed by Roe is probably a flint that had been found by H. H. Halls between 1907 and 1919 (NWHCM : 1924.83.47). This object is described by (S2) as a "sub-crag type of scraper" and, as noted in (S3), is presumably the reason that Hethel is listed by (S4) as being a location in which "Palaeolithic drift" material had been found by Halls. It may well have been a surface find as in 1913 Clarke refered to "undoubted 'drift' implements on the surface…" at Hethel (S5). The flake is described by Wymer (S4) as a slightly rolled and stained fragment with secondary working.

The unworked flake listed in (S1) may be a flint that had been found by W. G. Clarke between 1919 and 1925 (NWHCM : 1926.32.67). This object is described by (S2) as a "fragment of chipped flint". It had been erroneously recorded in the NCM's records as a chipped axe fragment.

The NCM also holds a number of worked flints that were recovered at another site in the Hethel area by Halls around the same time (his Site 19; NWHCM : 1924.83.19). One of the flakes in this collection was identified as potentially Palaeolithic by P. Robins (NCM). See NHER 9487 for information on the other finds from this site.

Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 February 2014.

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?)
  • RETOUCHED FLAKE (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.
<S2>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous Prehistoric.
<S3>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 69.
<S4>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1919. The Distribution of Flint and Bronze Implements in Norfolk. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol III Pt I (for 1918-19) pp 147-149. p 148.
<S5>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Implements of Palaeolithic "Cave" Types. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol I Pt III (for 1912-13) pp 338-345.

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