A large Lower Palaeolithic Acheulian flint cordate handaxe

A large Lower Palaeolithic Acheulian flint cordate handaxe

Code: 1705

Description: A large Acheulian grey flint cordate handaxe of symmetrical form with dense white patination. The handaxe has a straight cutting edge and originally a fine example, but now very waterworn and smoothed. Some iron staining, some edge chips particularly towards the tip and a large triangular flake reattached on one side, but complete. Found at Moreton on the River Frome in Dorset in the first half of the 20th Century.

Size: 150 mm/5.9 ins. in length

Culture: Lower Palaeolithic

Date: c. 200,000-400,000 years B.P.

Notes: Roe (1968) records 60 handaxes from the Moreton gravel pits in the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, but notes “Furthur material thought to be in private hands”.

References: Roe, D.A. (1968) A Gazetteer of British Lower & Middle Palaeolithic Sites, CBA Research Report 8, Council for British Archaeology, p. 51.

An inexpensive example for the size and shape.

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