Record Details

NHER Number:13058
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe


A Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found on the surface here in 1978.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7150 2324
Map Sheet:TF72SW

Full description

4 January 1978. Stray Find.
Found on surface:
1 Palaeolithic flint handaxe. Grey flint with yellow patches, 15 cm long. See drawings (S1) and (S2).
Information from (S3).
This object is described on (S4) and in (S5) as a pointed handaxe in sharp condition, though slightly damaged by fire. It is unlikely that this fire damage was ancient as according to (S4) it was found near a number of "pot boilers", suggesting a much more recent fire.

In (S5) Wymer also records a second handaxe found a little way to the west (TF 713 232). However it is clear from (S4) that this is actually one found to the south which is recorded as NHER 15632. These finds are also noted in (S6) and (S7), which both repeat some of the errors in (S5).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 December 2013.

Middle Saxon brooch formerly said to come from this site is in fact from NHER 3562.

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

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Unknown. 1978. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Congham. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Lawson, A. 1980. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Congham. Film. 1:1.
<S3>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S4>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Congham.
<S5>Publication: Wymer, J. J. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. p 15.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). Wessex Archaeology. N&W-2, No. 20.
<S7>Website: TERPS online database. Site 23079.

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