Record Details

NHER Number:2019
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe possibly found near Edgar House


It is reported that a Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found on the surface of a field near Edgar House in 1961. A handaxe reported from Walsingham was submitted to the Castle Museum by the finder in 1975, although it appears that this was actually one found in Burnham Deepdale (Brancaster) around the same time. It remains unclear whether a second handaxe had actually been found in Walsingham.

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Grid Reference:TF 9171 3844
Map Sheet:TF93NW

Full description

1961. Stray FInd.
It was reported in (S1) that a Palaeolithic handaxe was found near Edgar House (TF 917 384) by [1] in 1961. This handaxe was subsequently noted in (S2) (listed as in the possession of the finder) and (S3).

According to (S4) this handaxe was submitted to the Norwich Castle Museum for formal identification in 1975. Two drawings were made of this object (S5) (S6), one of which (S6) records it as marked "Burnham Deepdale". The object illustrated also appears to be identical to a handaxe from Burnham Deepdale handaxe that was illustrated by the King's Lynn Museum in 1961 (S7). The reason for this confusion is unclear, although it is possible that a handaxe was indeed found in Walsingham, but this was not the handaxe submitted with that provenance in 1975. The possibility of a handaxe from Walsingham is noted in (S8) and its possible confusion with Burnham Deepdale handaxe is noted in (S9), although it is not given a separate entry.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 13 December 2013.

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

---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards.
---Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Serial: 1961. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1961. No 8. p 5.
<S2>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 241.
<S3>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 17.
<S4>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S5>Illustration: Gregory, T. 1975. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Burnham Deepdale or Walsingham. Paper. 1:1.
<S6>Illustration: Wymer, J. J. 1975. Drawing of a Palaeolithic handaxe from Burnham Deepdale or Walsingham. Paper. 1:1.
<S7>Illustration: [King's Lynn Museum staff]. 1961. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Burnham Deepdale. Card. 1:1.
<S8>Unpublished Document: Wessex Archaeology. 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). CR-1, No.1.
<S9>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22427.

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