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Finds - Palaeolithic objects in Warwick Museum

Summary Findspot - a Palaeolithic handaxe and two flint flakes. The exact location from which the objects originate is not known and could be either Warwick, Warwick area or Warwickshire as a whole.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot
Period: Early Lower Palaeolithic - Late Middle Palaeolithic (1000000 BC - 40001 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Warwick
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 28 64
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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1 The museum contains a beautiful, large ovate hand-axe, with a straight cutting edge. It is late Acheulian in culture. Unfortunately it is labelled 'Warwick - Pleistocene Gravels', so that it is uncertain from exactly what deposit it came, or even whether the word 'Warwick' refers to the town or to the county.
2 In addition to the axe two ?Palaeolithic flint flakes are recorded.
3 This material is recorded in a national gazetteer of Palaeolithic finds with the caution that this could be "Warwick area, or Warwickshire, perhaps".

Source No: 3
Source Type: Monograph
Title: A Gazetteer of British Lower & Middle Palaeolithic Sites
Author/originator: Derek A Roe
Date: 1968
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: WM
Author/originator: WM
Page Number: A198
Volume/Sheet: Catalogue
Source No: 1
Source Type: Serial
Title: TBAS vol 58
Author/originator: Shotton F W
Date: 1937
Page Number: 37-52
Volume/Sheet: 58
Palaeolithic handaxe from the Warwick area
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
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source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
source WM Warwickshire Museum Aerial Photograph Collection. A collection of oblique and vertical aerial photographs and taken by various organisations and individuals, including the Royal Airforce, The Potato Board, Warwickshire Museum. The collection is held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Palaeolithic About 500,000 BC to 10,001 BC

Palaeolithic means 'Old Stone Age'.
It covers a very long period from the first appearance in Britain of tool-using humans (about 500,000 years ago) to the retreat of the glacial ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere (about 12,000 years ago).

Archaeologists divide the period up into the Lower, Middle and Upper Palaeolithic, the Lower Palaeolithic being the oldest phase. This period began many, many years after the dinosaurs became extinct (about 65 million years ago). It was during the Palaeolithic period that modern humans replaced Neanderthals, and megafauna, such as woolly mammoths roamed through the landscape.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. back
monument TOWN * An assemblage of public and private buildings, larger than a village and having more complete and independent local government. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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