Record Details

NHER Number:21444
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Lower Palaeolithic handaxe


A Lower Paleolithic flint handaxe was found here in 1985.

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Grid Reference:TF 7093 1584
Map Sheet:TF71NW

Full description

1985. Stray Find.
Found by [1] on surface of cultivated ground but probably thrown up from a nearby ditch where shelly marine Nar Valley Beds are exposed beneath 0.80m of humified sand:
1 Lower Palaeolithic flint handaxe. Pointed form, 14cm long. In mint condition save for yellow/brown matt staining. Cortex remaining suggests the use of fresh chalk flint. See drawing (S1).
Identified by J. J. Wymer (NAU) 20 May 1985. Information from (S2).
This discovery was reported in (S3) and is also noted on (S4) and in (S5) and (S6), although these give no additional information.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 29 November 2013.

17 April 1985. Field Visit.
Site visited by J. J. Wymer. Nearby dyke reveals c. 1m of marine shells (Nar Valley Beds) beneath c. 0.8m of humified sand. Auger reached shells at same depth by findspot of handaxe. Thrown up from dyke?
Information from (S4).
P. Watkins (HES), 6 February 2015.

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. 1985. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from East Winch. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S3>Article in Serial: 1986. Archaeological Discoveries for 1985. CBA Group VI Bulletin. No 31 pp 53-89. p 89.
<S4>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. East Winch.
<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Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996.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. 6.
<S6>Website: TERPS online database. Site 23067.

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