Record Details

NHER Number:15632
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic flint handaxe


An ovate Palaeolithic flint handaxe was recovered when a trench was excavated in the middle of the road here in 1978.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7197 2276
Map Sheet:TF72SW

Full description

June 1978. Stray Find.
In spoilheap of trench dug in middle of road by GPO, between TF 7190 2275 and TF 7200 2376:
1 Palaeolithic ovate flint handaxe; orange and brown flint with frost fractures. 20cm long, 12cm across. See sketch (S1) and drawing (S2).
A. Lawson (NAU), 14 January 1980. Information from (S3).

This is almost certainly the large, slightly rolled, ovate handaxe noted by Wymer on (S4) and in (S5), although in both cases an incorrect provenance is given (a trench at TF 715 232). This object is also noted in (S6) and (S7), which both repeat some of the errors in (S5).

Previously also recorded as NHER 13902.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 December 2013.

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. Sketch 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; Grimston/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Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996.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. p 121.
<S7>Website: TERPS online database. Site 23086.

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