Find Spot record MNL 946 - Cross Bank, Mildenhall, (Palaeolithic, Mesolithic)

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LRJ Fully Bifacial Leaf Point. Formerly recorded as MNL MISC. Also Tranchet Axe in the British Museum.


Grid reference TL 66 80 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet TL68SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

1889: Mesolithic tranchet axe, (S6).

Pre 1912: Fully Bifacial Leafpoint of Earliest Upper Palaeolithc (LRJ) age. Whilst Pettitt and White (2012:386) place this as the Cross Bank in Cambridgeshire (presumably North of Shippea Hill) Smith (1931:32) mentions that it was from 4.5 miles (7.2km) North West of Mildenhall in and Sturge (1912:229) confirms that it was found in Mildenhall Fen in Suffolk. Contemporary OS maps shows a semi-circular bank feature marked as “Cross Bank” (MNL 527) just South of cross bank farm. Along or close to this linear feature is likely where this find came from.

Findspot is approximate.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Smith, R.A. 1931. Sturge Collection.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Wymer, J.J.. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Pettitt, P.B. & White, M.J.. 2012. The British Palaeolithic: Human Societies at the Edge of the Pleistocene World.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Cutler, Hannah. 2013. Understanding Late Middle Palaeolithic Neandertal Landscape-use during Short-Term Occupations in Britain.
  • <S5> Article in serial: Sturge, W. A.. 1912. Implements of the Later Palæolithic “Cave” Periods in East Anglia.
  • <S6> Digital archive: Jacobi, R.. 2014. Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Lithic Artefact (PaMELA) database. 11542.
  • <S7> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 1 2021 9:28AM

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