Middle Palaeolithic handaxe, North Sea (4)Your model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
This cordiform handaxe (Hanson_0938_004) was discovered in aggregates from Licence Area 240 in the North Sea by Aaron Chidgey at Dagenham Wharf. Phil Harding, who analysed it, describes it as a handaxe made on a flake. The implement is in a very sharp condition and is unstained and unpatinated apart from a small area of light blue patina around the butt. The edges are lightly irregular, which may, to some degree, result from gravel extraction although some flaking was undoubtedly created during manufacture. The implement measures 104 mm long, 74 mm wide, 28 mm thick and weighs 216 g.
This find was part of an assemblage of 30 flint artefacts and 111 fragments of animal bones that were all reported through the Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for the Reporting of Finds of Archaeological Interest.