Record Details

NHER Number:1808
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Potentially Palaeolithic flint implement of unknown type


At some time prior to 1884 a "very large Palaeolithic implement" was recovered from a railway cutting close to Wells station. This nature of this object is unclear and its present whereabouts are unknown.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9235 4308
Map Sheet:TF94SW

Full description

Pre 1884. Stray Find.
According to Woodward (S1) a "very large Palaeolithic implement" was found when a cutting was made for the "…loop-line connecting the Wells and Hunstanton [railway] line with the Wells and Fakenham line, just south-east of the railway line". An informant reported seeing this object in the collection of a Mr Garwood of Wells, although it could not be traced by Woodward.
This discovery is the reason that Wells is listed in (S2) as one of the places that had produced Palaeolithic implements prior to 1907; (S1) being listed as a reference. It is noted in (S1) that a mammoth tusk and several teeth was also recovered "…from the base of the gravel" in the same cutting.
Information from (S3).
This find is also noted on (S4) and in (S5), (S6) and (S7), although no additional information is given.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 July 2014.

8 August 1996. Field Visit.
Site visited by J. J. Wymer. Cutting remains on north side of A148 road, in use as contractor's yard. Gravel exposed on east side apparently fluviate, but only upper part seen and somewhat contorted.
Information from (S4).
P. Watkins (HES), 6 February 2016.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Lower Palaeolithic to Upper Palaeolithic - 500000 BC? to 10001 BC?)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT? (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>Publication: Woodward, H. B. 1884. The Geology of the Country around Fakenham, Wells and Holt. p 36.
<S2>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1907. The Distribution of Flint and Bronze Implements in Norfolk. Transactions of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. Vol VIII Pt III (for 1906-1907) pp 393-409. p 396.
<S3>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic. Wells-next-the-Sea.
<S4>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Wells-next-the-Sea (SE of station).
<S5>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 17.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology. CR-1, No.2.
<S7>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22360.

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