Find Spot record MDR7861 - Acheulean hand-axe, Mickleover, Derby

Type and Period (1)

  • (Lower Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 150001 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

The find is an Acheulean Pointed hand-axe measuring 7.5cm (max. length) x 5.0cm (max. breadth). It does not appear, from the images supplied, to have a twisted margin. It would appear to be made from a quartzite cobble. The butt end appears to retain part of the original cobble skin. It is similar in size, form and raw material to many of the hand-axes previously recovered from the Etwall Sands and Gravels of the Trent Valley a few kilometres to the south. The site is some 6.5km to the north-east of the prolific hand-axe findspots at Etwall. This site lies just below 100’ on the western edge of a block of slightly elevated ground that provides the headwater for several drainages flowing south, south-west and east. (1) The axe is now in Derby Museum & Art Gallery (entry 3475). A copy of a photograph of the artefact is in the parish file. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Archive: Myers, A. 2002. Note: A. Myers - Observations.
  • <2> Photograph: Copy of photograph of hand axe in Derby Museum.



Grid reference SK 30527 34853 (point)

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Record last edited

Mar 8 2016 12:07PM

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