Record Details

NHER Number:15360
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic handaxe from next to former Cranberry Farm


A heavily rolled and broken Palaeolithic pointed handaxe found on surface freshly planted with young trees.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 9262 9338
Map Sheet:TL99SW

Full description

1979. Fieldwalking.
Found on surface freshly planted with young trees next to former Cranberry Farm, on ground sloping down to base of former mere (at foot of abrupt slope up to west):
1 Palaeolithic pointed flint handaxe. Broken, heavily rolled and stained brown. See sketch (S1).
Identified by A.J. Lawson (NAU), 12 October 1979. Information from (S2). See finder's map (S3) in file.
This find was first reported in (S4) and is also listed in (S5), (S6) and (S7), although no additional is given. See (S8) for an additional brief description.
Subsequently donated to Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1998.407.6)

See NHER 15361 for details of Mesolithic worked flints found during this work.
P. Watkins (HES), 22 April 2013.

'Some of finds' from this site, NHER 15197, 15359 and 15361 to 15363 said by finder to be in British Museum. See file letter in file for NHERs 15359-15363. It should however be noted that many of the finder's finds were donated to the NCM in 1992 and it is quite possible that material from this site was part of this collection.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 22 April 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 1000000 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]. 1979. Sketch of a broken Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Hockham. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S3>Map: Finder's Map..
<S4>Article in Serial: 1981. Archaeological Discoveries for 1979. CBA Group VI Bulletin. No 26 pp 19-30. p 23.
<S5>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 53.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). Wessex Archaeology. LLO-3, No.15.
<S7>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22795.
<S8>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Hockham.

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