A large chert handaxe. An elongate cordate handaxe in toffee-coloured Greensand chert. It is bifacially worked all over with shallow, sometimes large invasive flaking and smaller edge-dressing. The axe has a well formed and generally straight mid-line cutting edge around its entire margin. There is a single large hinge fracture et the edge of the point where a flake removal has failed. On the opposite face there is also an area of step-fracturing as a result of the weakened platform. The handaxe is unrolled, although the cutting edges and flake scar ridges have been somewhat blunted by post-depositional processes. The surface is little altered from the original colour of the chert (visible in some small areas of recent damage) but it has developed a waxy, semi-gloss patina, probably through handling since its discovery (a "mantle-piece" patina).
Date: Lower Palaeolithic - c. 500,000 to 150,000 BC
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: Purbeck (District)
Parish or ward: Lytchett Matravers (Civil Parish)