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This Middle Palaeolithic handaxe (Hanson_0938_003) came from Licence Area 240 in the North Sea, south-east of Great Yarmouth and was discovered by Benjamin Cullen in aggregates at Dagenham Wharf. Phil Harding, who examined it, identified it as a small cordate handaxe in a relatively sharp condition. It is unstained and unpatinated, apart from a small patch of light blue patina on one side. Numerous incipient points of percussion are clearly visible on both sides, which probably resulted from collision with other stones during the extraction process. The tool measures 76 mm long, 66 mm wide, 23 mm thick and weighs 130 g. Flaking appears to have been done using stone hammers to create a bifacial implement. The tip was apparently re-sharpened systematically using three alternate removals to achieve the desired effect; this level of intent reduces the likelihood that the flaking sequence resulted from gravel extraction.
Handaxe was reported via the Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for the Reporting of Finds.