1884.122.2

Cast of a Palaeolithic hand-axe [SM (Verve) 22/9/2016]

Place details: EUROPE. UK. [England Suffolk Mid Suffolk Hoxne]. Cultural Group: [Palaeolithic] Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Plaster / Pigment / ?. Processes: Cast / Painted / ?. Weight: 174 g Dimensions: Max L = 151 mm Max W = 80 mm Max Thickness = 39 mm When Collected: By 1874? [1797] Acquired: Donated 1884 Acquired by Pitt-Rivers by 1874?

KEYWORD: [Tool] / Cast / Reproduction / [Hand-axe] / CLASS: [Tool] / Reproduction / ?.

Object description: Painted plaster cast of Palaeolithic hand-axe from Hoxne. Pointed axe with mid grey colouration [patina] and areas where the colour has come away. The cast has arrows drawn on in white ink to show the direction of blows used to form the original axe. [SM (Verve) 13/6/2016]

Publications history, trails & websites: Frere, J. 1800. Account of Flint Weapons Discovered at Hoxne in Suffolk. Archaeologia 13: 204-205. [Dan Hicks 01/07/2013]

Image published as part of an image gallery on the Arts and Humanities Research Board website http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Image-Gallery/Pages/ImageObjectText.aspx as part of the project image/object/text. Image with the caption written by Dan Hicks (Lecturer Curator in archaeology, Pitt Rivers Museum) 'This object is a plaster cast of a 400,000-year-old Palaeolithic hand-axe. A label bears the text “FOUND AT HOXNE, SUFFOLK IN 1797”, which is re-written onto the object – a reference to a discovery by John Frere, who published his ‘Account of Flint Weapons Discovered at Hoxne in Suffolk’ in the journal Archaeologia in 1800. The object is one of  ‘3 casts of implements in the British Mus’ that Pitt-Rivers recorded in his collection. It demonstrates the importance to Pitt-Rivers of acquiring casts of museum objects for comparative purposes. The original axe is still held by the British Museum today (Pitt Rivers Museum Accession Number 1884.122.2). ' [FB 15/08/2014]