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NHER Number:13997
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Unprovenanced Palaeolithic flint handaxe, Eccles (Lessingham, poorly located)


The Norfolk Castle Museum holds a Palaeolithic flint handaxe that was found at Eccles (Lessingham) in 1935. Although its exact provenance is not recorded its rolled condition suggests that it was probably a beach find.

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Unstratified and poorly located finds from Lessingham beach.

1935. Stray Find.
Found at unrecorded location in Eccles (Lessingham):
1 Palaeolithic flint handaxe. Now part of the Norwich Castle Museum Apling Collection (NWHCM : 1977.124.1). Information from (S1).
This handaxe is described on (S2) and in (S3) as a rolled ovate handaxe. Wymer notes that its condition suggests it was probably found on the beach. This object is also noted in (S4), (S5) and (S6), although no additional information is given.

A number of the objects in the NCM's Apling collection appear to be finds that he inherited from J. E. Sainty, so it is possible that he was the original finder of this handaxe.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 9 June 2014.

October-December 2014. Stray Find.
Objects found on foreshore by [1].
Details to Follow.
E. McDonald, 10 December 2020.

January-March 2015. Stray Find.
Objects found on foreshore by [1].
Details to Follow.
E. McDonald, 10 December 2020.

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

<S1>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S2>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Eccles.
<S3>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 35.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology. p 50.
<S5>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22561.
<S6>Article in Serial: Robins, P., Wymer, J. J. and Parfitt, S. 2008. Handaxe Finds on the Norfolk Beaches. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt III pp 412-415. p 415.

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