Find Spot record MLI60514 - Palaeolithic Handaxe, Skellingthorpe


A Palaeolithic handaxe, found in 1897 on land at Skellingthorpe. Exact findspot is unknown.

Type and Period (1)

  • (Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 10001 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A Palaeolithic flint handaxe was found in 1897, in a load of ballast being used for railway works. The exact findspot is unknown, with the ballast thought to have been dug somewhere on land at Skellingthorpe. The axe was described as being small and of rough character, lustrous with crust patches on both faces, and with a creamy patina with the edge-chipping darker. The axe was donated to the British Museum in 1922, who described it as of Acheulean type, and measuring 3.1" long. {1}{2}{3}{4}{5}{6}{7}{8}

Sources/Archives (8)

  •  Correspondence: O.M. Dalton. 1924. Skellingthorpe Palaeolithic Handaxe. -.
  •  Photograph: 1924. Photographs of Skellingthorpe Palaeolithic Handaxe. Print. -.
  •  Article in Serial: C.W. Phillips. 1934. 'The Present State of Archaeology in Lincolnshire: Part 1' in the Archaeological Journal. vol.90, p.115.
  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. SK 97 SW: S.
  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SK 97 SW: 1.
  •  Article in Serial: D.F. Petch. 1958. Lincolnshire Architectural and Archaeological Society Reports and Papers. Vol 7, page 91.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Derek A. Roe. 1968. A Gazetteer of British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Sites. Skellingthorpe, p.191.
  •  Unpublished Document: Wessex Archaeology. 1996. The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project: Regions 9 (Great Ouse Drainage) and 12 (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Wolds. p.130.


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Record last edited

Oct 4 2023 3:55PM


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