Record Details

NHER Number:10980
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Unprovenanced Palaeolithic handaxe (Burston with Shimpling, marginal)


A Palaeolithic handaxe described as a 'celt' was found at an unknown location in this parish in 1881.

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Full description

Pre May 1881. Stray Find.
In 1881 an object described as a "very fine Palaeolithic celt found at Burston" was exhibited at a meeting of the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society by Rev. J. W. Millard (S1). Information from (S2).
This discovery was also noted in (S3) and is likely to be the reason that Burston was listed in (S4) as one of the locations that had produced Palaeolithic material prior to 1907. This probable handaxe is listed in (S5) and noted on (S6). It is also noted in (S7), (S8) and (S9), although no additional information is given.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 7 January 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 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>Article in Serial: 1884. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings at General and Committee Meetings. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol IX pp 359-369. p 363.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Palaeolithic.
<S3>Monograph: Bennett, F.J.. 1884. The Geology Of The Country Around Diss, Eye, Botesdale and Ixworth. p 19.
<S4>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 395.
<S5>Monograph: Roe, D. A. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. CBA Research Report. No 8. p 229.
<S6>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Burston with Shimpling.
<S7>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 143.
<S8>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Wessex Archaeology. p 76.
<S9>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22693.

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