Find Spot record MDR3349 - Acheulian hand-axe, Workhouse Meadows, Hopton

Type and Period (1)

  • (Lower Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 150001 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

SK 267533. An Acheulian hand axe was found by RWP Cockerton in 1953 on a ploughed field just south of Sycamore Farm. It had probably been brought to the surface as a result of drain laying to a depth of some two or three feet, rather than ploughing. According to Leslie Armstrong, the axe is a 'twisted' ovate of Middle Acheulian type and an unusually fine and symmetrical specimen. It was probably made from a large flake, measures 131mm in length, 90mm in width and is unusually thin in relation to its size, having a maximum thickness of 23mm. It is patinated a yellowish brown. (1)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Article in serial: Cockerton, R. 1954. 'A palaeolith from Hopton', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 74, pp 153-155.
  • <2> Personal Observation: F1 BHS 24-MAY-66.
  • <3> Index: NDAT. 1364. 1364.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Roe, D (Council for British Archaeology). 1968. Gazetteer of Lower and Middle Upper Palaeolithic Sites.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wessex Archaeology. 1997. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project. Regions 8 (East Anglian Rivers) and 11 (Trent Drainage). Region 11. HER Doc. No. 350, p 141.



Grid reference SK 2675 5341 (point) (Centre)

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  • EDR1360

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Record last edited

Dec 22 2011 1:30PM

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