Record Details

NHER Number:9042
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Unprovenanced Palaeolithic worked flints (Hockham, poorly located)


A Palaeolithic handaxe was found in a gravel pit at an unknown location in Hockham at some time prior to 1961. The Thetford Museum also holds a potentially Palaeolithic flint flake that was found at Hockham during the early 20th century.

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Potentially Palaeolithic finds known to have been recovered in Hockham during the early 20th century but with little additional information regarding provenance.


The Thetford Museum holds a prehistoric brown flint flake that is recorded as "probably Palaeolithic" (THEHM : 1975.302). This was amongst a number of objects that had previously been part of the collection of W. G. Clarke (1877-1925).
P. Watkins (HES), 6 January 2015.


Before 1961. Stray Find.
Found in a gravel pit at Hockham:
1 Palaeolithic flint hand axe. Apparently held by "Thetford Chase Museum, Santon Downham". Information from (S1). This find is also listed in (S2), on (S3) and in (S4) and (S5), although no further details are given. The present location of this object is unknown.
P. Watkins (HES), 19 April 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 1000000 BC to 40001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC? to 40001 BC?)
  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S2>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 233.
<S3>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Hockham.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). Wessex Archaeology. LLO-3, No.15.
<S5>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22795.

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