Record Details

NHER Number:13058
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe


A Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found on the surface here in 1978.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7150 2324
Map Sheet:TF72SW

Full description

4 January 1978. Stray Find.
Palaeolithic flint handaxe found on surface. Grey flint with yellow patches, 15 cm long. See drawings (S1) and (S2). Information from (S3).
Described in (S4) as a pointed handaxe (Wymer type F b/I), 14.5cm long in sharp condition, though slightly damaged by fire. Wymer also records a second handaxe found a little way to the west (TF 713 232). However it should be noted that Wymer did not actually see these objects and the second handaxe is probable one that was actually found to the south (NHER 15632). This find is also noted in (S5) and (S6), which both repeat some of the errors in (S4).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 December 2013.

Middle Saxon brooch formerly said to come from this site is in fact from NHER 3562.

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

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Illustration: Unknown. 1978. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Congham. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Lawson, A. 1980. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Congham. Film. 1:1.
<S3>Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S4>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 15.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Wessex Archaeology. 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). N&W-2, No. 20.
<S6>Website: TERPS online database. Site 23079.

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