Record Details

NHER Number:8399
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Unprovenanced Palaeolithic flint handaxe, Horsey beach (Horsey, poorly located)


A Lower/Middle Palaeolithic flint handaxe was picked up from the beach in 1953 after floods. The exact location of this discovery is unknown.

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Unstratified and poorly located finds from Horsey beach.

Around 1953. Beach.
Picked up by Rev. Hart at unknown location on Horsey beach following floods:
1 Palaeolithic Acheulian flint handaxe. Donated to Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1963.444).
Information from (S1).
Listed in (S2), on (S3) and in (S4). Also noted in (S5) and (S6), although no additional information is given. Described in (S7) as a slightly rolled ovate.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 4 June 2014.

It is noted by (S1) that at an unspecified date the vicar of Horsey held an "Acheulian implement" that had been found "nearby, on beach". This had apparently been seen by 'Rumbelow' and there is also a somewhat cryptic reference that reads "Wake: Note 1938". Although previously recorded seperately as NHER 8400 it is highly likely that this is actually a reference to the handaxe now held by the NCM - it is recorded as such in (S6).
P. Watkins (HES), 4 June 2014.

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: 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. Horsey (No 4).
<S4>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 35.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology. p 50.
<S6>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22555.
<S7>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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