Record Details

NHER Number:3434
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic handaxe


A Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found here in 1957.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6829 1421
Map Sheet:TF61SE

Full description

1957. Stray Find.
Found "on sand 100 yards south of centre of Cranberry Plantation" by [1]:
1 Palaeolithic flint handaxe, grey patina at base, black round it to greyish yellow at tip. See drawing (S1). Donated to the King's Lynn Museum (KILLM : 1958.1.7.1).
Information from (S2).
This discovery was reported in (S3) and is marked in this location on a King's Lynn Museum 6" record map (S4). Also noted on (S5).

Given that the museum records appear to simply list this item as having been "picked up on the farm" it is likely that is one of the two handaxes from East Winch handaxes listed by Roe in (S6) as unprovenanced. It is noted in (S7) and (S8) that this handaxe was not listed with other material from East Winch due to potential confusion with Palaeoliths from Cranberry Farm, Hockham. This does however seem highly unlikely given the information from contemporary sources and the fact that the wood north of this location is indeed known as Cranberry Plantation.

E. Rose (NLA) 24 September 1997. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 29 November 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic - 1000000 BC to 150001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 150001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 61 SE 19.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Mottram, A. S. 1957. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from East Winch. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S3>Serial: 1957. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. No 4. p 5.
<S4>Map: King's Lynn Museum. KLM 6 inch Record Map.
<S5>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. East Winch.
<S6>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 230.
<S7>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology.
<S8>Website: TERPS online database. Site 23070.

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