Find Spot record MCC2621 - Finds from 1970 Sheepen Excavation


Palaeolithic, Mesolithic & Neolithic flints


Grid reference Centred TL 9866 2569 (0m by 1m)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Feature 136 (layer 4) yielded a rolled bar hammer flake, slightly stained and patinated. It is a Palaeolithic hand axe finishing flake which must originally have come from a gravel deposit.

Two other rolled and stained flakes whose condition suggest they are Palaeolithic were found in plough soil. Many mid-late Pleistocene gravel deposits contain such small flakes if examined with care.

A double, backed angle graver and four punch struck blades, one 55mm long and all from plough soil, are likely to be Mesolithic while a small end scrapper or blade from feature 502 may possibly be so also.

The remaining 42 pieces are typical of struck flints which are to be found over most of the lighter soils of Essex and presumably relate to Neolithic or Early Bronze Age occupation or even later.

Feature 236 yielded an Acheulian hand axe which had probably been picked up and kept as a curio.


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  • <1> Serial: Niblett, Rosalind. 1985. Sheepen: an early Roman industrial site at Camulodunum. 57.

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Mar 21 2007 9:12AM

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