Record Details

NHER Number:11018
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Probable Mesolithic pick


A Mesolithic flint tranchet axehead was found in this field in 1936.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 150 829
Map Sheet:TM18SE

Full description

April 1936. Stray Find.
Found by D. Frere:
1 prehistoric flint 'pick'. Information from (S1). This object is recorded in (S2) as having been found " the field immediately east of Valley Farm and its orchard, bounded on the south by the farm lane". The implement itself is illustrated in (S2) and described as having a steep triangular section and being made of a grey-buff flint with a thick white patina. It is now held by the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1984.88).

Although compared to Mesolithic "tranchet picks" a Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date was suggested for this object in (S2). It was how subsequently firmly identified as a Mesolithic tranchet axehead by J. J. Wymer and is listed as such in (S3).

It is also noted in (S2) that "pot-boilers" were common on this site and in the adjoining fields.
E. B. Green (NCM) 1984. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 7 January 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • TRANCHET AXEHEAD (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Burston (Shimpling).
<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Mesolithic.
<S2>Article in Serial: Frere, S. 1939. Three Flint Implements from Shimpling. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II p 28-30. p 30.
<S3>Monograph: Wymer, J. J. and Bonsall, C. J. (eds). 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales with a Gazetteer of Upper Palaeolithic Sites in England and Wales. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. No. 20. p 205.

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