Record Details

NHER Number:13405
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe, Anzac Pit


In 1976 an ovate Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found in this part of the Anzac Gravel Pit.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6749 0245
Map Sheet:TF60SE

Full description

1976. Stray Find.
Found in clay deposit within Anzac Gravel Pit by [1]:
1 heavily rolled Palaeolithic flint ovate handaxe. Found in clay deposit. Information from (S1). This discovery first reported in (S2).

A handaxe that had been found in this pit by [1] was seen by J. J. Wymer in 1979. This object is described on (S3) and in (S4) as a thickish ovate, 15cm long, Wymer Type K e/v in slightly rolled condition. It had apparently been found at a depth of 4.5m, at the bottom of the gravel, probably in a bed of clay. This description suggests that this was probably the previously reported handaxe.
Also listed in (S5) and (S6), although no additional information is given.

In 2007 HES received a number of objects that had previously been in the collection of [1]. These objects included a Palaeolithic flint handaxe marked with the provenance "Anzac Pit, West Dereham TF 675 024". It is also marked as being from "-20ft [6.1m] in clay". See drawing (S7).
This ovate handaxe is 15cm long and presumably the same object as that reported in 1976 and seen by Wymer in 1979.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 22 November 2013.

8 November 1983. Field Visit.
Site visited by J. J. Wymer. Good clean sections, c. 15m deep visible. South end of old pit now a tip.
No artefacts recovered.
See (S3) for further details and sketch section.
P. Watkins (HES), 6 February 2016.

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

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 SE 26.
<S1>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S2>Serial: 1976. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1976. No 23. p 7.
<S3>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. West Dereham.
<S4>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 44.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). Wessex Archaeology. p 121.
<S6>Website: TERPS online database. Site 23084.
<S7>Illustration: Gibbons, J. 2007. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from West Dereham (Anzac Pit). Film. 1:1.

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