Record Details

NHER Number:15633
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic handaxe


A large Palaeolithic flint handaxe, found by workmen digging a trench in 1979. It was described by J. J. Wymer as a 'slipper-shaped' Wolvercote type.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7227 1628
Map Sheet:TF71NW

Full description

December 1979. Stray Find.
Found c. 30m west of stream by gasboard workmen digging trenches alongside British Gas Station:
1 Palaeolithic large flint handaxe, 21.5cm long with a maximum width of 5cm. Donated to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1981.237). This object was recovered from spoil and was estimated to have originally come from a depth of approximately 1.2m. Information from (S2).
Described by Wymer on (S3) and in (S4) as being of 'slipper-shaped' Wolvercote type, having an ogee point, a low flake scar count on the flatter face and made entirely by soft-hammer technique. It is in sharp condition. See drawing (S1), which was reproduced in (S4).
Also listed in (S5) and (S6), although these give no additional information.

The site was visited by J. J. Wymer (NAU) on 16 July 1980, in the company of the finder [1]. It was observed that the stained alluvium above gravelly silt was exposed in the bank of the stream.
Information from (S2) and (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 29 November 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: Wymer, J. J. 1981. Drawing of a large Palaeolithic 'Wolvercote-type' flint handaxe from East Winch. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S3>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. East Winch.
<S4>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. pp 41-42; Fig 12.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). Wessex Archaeology. N&W-2, No. 5.
<S6>Website: TERPS online database. Site 23066.

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