Record Details

NHER Number:8355
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe, medieval pottery sherds and animal bone


A small Palaeolithic black flint handaxe was found on shore here in 1970. In 1981 fragments of medieval pottery, animal bones and leather were recovered from a deposit exposed in roughly the same location.

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Grid Reference:TG 4230 2805
Map Sheet:TG42NW

Full description

September 1970. Stray Find.
Found on shore:
1 Palaeolithic small black flint handaxe. "Middle Acheulian". Donated to Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1971.151). See sketch (S1). Information from (S2).
This object was first reported in (S3) and is described on (S4) and in (S5) as a sub-cordate handaxe in very rolled condition. It is also noted in (S6), (S7) and (S8), although no additional information is given.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 9 June 2014.

19 January 1981. Stray Find.
Found 2 feet [60cm] seaward side of concrete beach wall in grey deposit:
Medieval pottery sherds, animal bones and leather. Donated to Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1981.83).
Identified and compiled by W.F. Milligan and P. Lawrence (NCM), 2 February 1981.
Information from (S9).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 9 June 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 1000000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HANDAXE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Illustration: Clough, T. Sketch of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Sea Palling. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S3>Serial: 1970. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1970. No 17. p 12.
<S4>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Sea Palling (No 3).
<S5>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 35.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology. p 49.
<S7>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22544.
<S8>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.
<S9>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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