MAS-O100099: MAS-O100099; Hampshire; Hand Axe; Image 3 of 3

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Unique ID: MAS-O100099

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Heavily sea-rolled and worn worked flint tool, covered in chalk patination (see third image). The flint measures 80 mm long, 60 mm wide and 30 mm thick, and unfortunately about 20% of the working end has recently broken off. Due to wear and damage on this hand-worked tool it has been difficult to confidently identify. Bryan Popple of Bournemouth Natural Science Society and Museum believes it could possibly be Homo neanderthalensis dating to around 200,000 years bp (before present). The smaller size indicates typical Neanderthal workings in comparison to the larger and older Homo heidelbergensis handaxe previously reported as MAS-100062. The attached images shows both handaxes for comparison. The possible Neanderthal tool is the smaller darker tool. Matt Leivers, an in-house flint specialist at Wessex Archaeology was unsure whether the flint was a handaxe and would need to visually inspect the object in order to be certain.


This item was found with a large handaxe (MAS-O100062).


Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder
Subsequent action after recording: Submitted as wreck to the Receiver of Wreck


Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 80 mm
Width: 60 mm
Thickness: 30 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 17th July 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: L R
Identified by: Mr Bryan Popple
Secondary identifier: Mr Matt Leivers

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SZ2293
Four figure Latitude: 50.73620009
Four figure longitude: -1.68961218
1:25K map: SZ2293
1:10K map: SZ23SW
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Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Coastal walking
Discovery circumstances: Coastal Walking
Current location: With finder

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: MAS
Created: Saturday 5th August 2017
Updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018

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