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Findspot - Palaeolithic handaxe

Summary Findspot - a Palaeolithic handaxe was found on the bed of the River Sowe, 1km west of Baginton.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot
Period: Middle Palaeolithic - Late Middle Palaeolithic (500000 BC - 40001 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Baginton
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 33 74
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 One Palaeolithic handaxe from bed of River Sowe at around this grid reference. This was recorded in the 1960s as held by Coventry Museum.
2 Exceptionally small cordate handaxe from the bed of River Sowe adjoining Coventry golf course. Found in June 1946. Such a small handaxe must be dated no earlier than Late Acheulian or Levalloisian. The tool probably came from river bed deposits which are in the No 4 terrace.
3 Dating given as Lower-Mid Palaeolithic.

Source No: 1
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: Serial
Title: PCNHSS vol 2 no 6
Author/originator: Shotton F W
Date: 1952
Page Number: 177-9
Volume/Sheet: 2:6
Source No: 3
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Aggregates Assessment
Author/originator: Stuart Palmer
Date: 2006
Page Number:
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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 GOLF COURSE * A prepared area of ground used to play the game of golf on. back
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 TERRACE * A row of houses attached to and adjoining one another and planned and built as one unit. back

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