When I said archaeology had to take a back seat, what I really meant was that archaeology had to take a back seat from being all consuming. The problem is the more you look, the more you find.
Mooching around one of my postulated Roman enclosure/small fort sites, which lies on alluvium and glacial sand and gravels, up pops this hand axe. No expert on prehistory but it seems to fit anywhere from the Acheulian 0.5 million years ago, upto the Mousterian, as recently as 40,000 years ago. I’ll leave to others to nail it down.
Interesting item, roughly 100mm (4″) x 75mm (3″), and has a edge worked from either side, which has created a rudimentary saw blade effect. Fits beautifully in the hand even to the notch for the thumb to grip it.
if anybody is interested in further info or to have a look at the axe, drop me a line.