Record Details

NHER Number:5967
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Wooden bow fragment or axe haft of possible Mesolithic date


A wooden object, possibly the end of a Mesolithic bow or a Mesolithic axe haft, found in a trial hole during the construction of the Thetford Bypass.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 8808 8300
Map Sheet:TL88SE

Full description

1975. Stray Find.
Found in trial hole during construction of Thetford Bypass 'almost at base of peat' but actual depth unknown:
1 wooden object of rectangular cross section, 21cm long and broken at one end, surviving end rounded, and one side decorated with crudely incised diagonal crosses in triple line. Donated to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1975.414). See sketch (S1).
Belongs to group of objects said to be Mesolithic axe hafts by R. Jacobi, although he has also stated that this may be the end of a bow.
P. Lambley (NCM) and A. Gregory (NAU). Information from (S2).
This discovery was reported in (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 7 May 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)

Associated Finds

  • AXE (TOOL) (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • BOW (WEAPON)? (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 88 SE 87.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Heal, V. 1975. Sketch of a ?Mesolithic wooden object from Brettenham. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S3>Serial: 1975. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1975. No 22. p 4.

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