Record Details

NHER Number:30926
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Palaeolithic handaxe


In 1994 a Palaeolithic handaxe was found with a horticultural bed at this site.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 919 984
Map Sheet:TL99NW

Full description

1994. Stray Find.
Found in garden nursery, within shallow horticultural pit:
1 Palaeolithic ovate flint handaxe. See drawing (S1) and photograph (S2).
Described as probably Mousterian of Acheulian tradition, suggesting it was regarded as potentially associated with Late Middle Palaeolithic Neanderthal activity.
Identified by P. Robins (NCM), see description in file.
This discovery was first reported in (S3). It is also noted on (S4) and listed in (S5) and (S6), although no additional details are recorded (the NHER having been the source of this information).
W. Milligan (NCM), 23 August 1994. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 24 April 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Middle Palaeolithic - 150000 BC? to 40001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HANDAXE (Middle Palaeolithic - 150000 BC? to 40001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Robins, P. 1994. Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint handaxe from Merton. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Photograph: Dwornik, R. 1994. Handaxe from Merton.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1995. Archaeological Finds in Norfolk 1994. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt II pp 221-229. p 221.
<S4>Record Card: Wymer, J. J. Wymer Index Card - Palaeolithic. Merton.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 9 (Great Ouse) and 12 (Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds). Wessex Archaeology. LLO-3, No.14.
<S6>Website: TERPS online database. Site 22789.

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