Record Details

NHER Number:465
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Mesolithic flint tranchet axehead, Carrow Works


In 1887 a Mesolithic flint tranchet axehead was found at Carrow Works. This was found within peat at a considerable depth below the surface.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2450 0751
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

February 1887. Stray find.
Found at Carrow works:
1 Mesolithic pick. 10" [25cm] long. Donated to Norwich Castle Museum by R. J. Colman in 1919 (NWHCM : 1919.3). Information from (S1). See photograph in file (S2).
Exhibited at a meeting of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia on 11 March 1919, when it was described as having been found "20 ft. below the floor level of the sawmill at Carrow, beneath peat, in February 1887" (S3).
This implement is listed as listed as as a heavy tranchet axehead in (S4) and is described in detail in (S5) (in which it is also listed as a tranchet axehead).

The location of this discovery has been corrected to TG 2450 0751, where a sawmill is clearly marked on the 1st edition OS map (record previously centred at TG 2407 0758).

Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 18 July 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • TRANCHET AXEHEAD (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 270.
<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Mesolithic.
<S2>Photograph: Ashley, H. Photograph of a Mesolithic flint implement from Carrow Works. Black & white. print.
<S3>Article in Serial: 1919. Summary of Proceedings. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol III Pt I (for 1918-19) pp 162-164. p 163.
<S4>Monograph: Wymer, J. J. and Bonsall, C. J. (eds). 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales with a Gazetteer of Upper Palaeolithic Sites in England and Wales. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. No. 20. p 211.
<S5>Archive: R. Jacobi. -. Jacobi Archive. 10176.

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