Lovely piece of history!
Westbury Manor Museum at Fareham has just closed its doors for three or four months to allow a redisplay project to take place. The past few weeks have seen the Curators of Art, Archaeology, Hampshire History and Natural Sciences – and the Conservation team – retrieve many items from the displays. Now that the site is secure, dismantling of some of the cases can take place.
Flint handaxe: cortex lower left corner – natural fossil hole dead centre.
165mm in length; weight 750 gm
One of the objects removed from the archaeology ‘time line’ display was this ovate handaxe from the Old Stone Age (Palaeolithic). Its Hampshire Cultural Trust number is A1992.25/3 and it belongs with another two axes, a cleaver and a knife, all made of flint. There are no real details of where they were found, but they are from the Fareham area. In this the axe is in good company…
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