Record Details

NHER Number:6462
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe


At some time prior to March 1930 a very rolled Palaeolithic flint handaxe was recovered on the beach at Overstrand.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2514 4096
Map Sheet:TG24SE

Full description

Pre March 1930. Stray Find.
Found on beach at Overstand by J. E. Sainty:
1 Palaeolithic "Acheulian" flint handaxe. Donated to Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1959.45).
Information from (S1).

This object was exhibited at a meeting of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia on 3 March 1930 (S2). It was subsequently described and figured in (S3), in which it is recorded as having been found "..below high-water mark, and about 50 yds east of the breakwater, and 100 paces from the foot of the cliff". It is noted that only Cromer Till and Contorted Drift deposits were exposed along this part of the coast, with the latter suggested as the most likely provenance.

This handaxe is the handaxe from Overstrand listed in (S4). It is described by Wymer on (S5) and in (S6) as very rolled. It is also noted in (S7), (S8) and (S9), although no additional information is given.

It should be noted that the mapped extent of this record represents only the general area in which this object was probably recovered, based on the information given in (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 26 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>Article in Serial: 1930. Summary of Proceedings. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol VI Pt III pp 249-251. p 249.
<S3>Article in Serial: Moir, J. Reid. 1935. A St. Acheul Hand-axe from the Cromer Coast. Vol XV No 1 pp 73-74.
<S4>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 237.
<S5>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Overstrand.
<S6>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 29.
<S7>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology. CR-2, No.15.
<S8>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22508.
<S9>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 414.

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