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Kent Archaeological Review extract

Neolithic Axe from Darenth.
by D N Broadfoot.

This fine axe was found by Derek Garrod during the recent rescue-excavations at the Roman villa site in the parish of Darenth, Kent. It came from an unstratified context not far from an area producing Neolithic pottery.

It is a light brown patinated flint remarkably like that of Clactonian implements found in the Swanscombe area. It is D-shaped in section with rather coarse, long flaking done inwards from the edges. The narrow end has what may look like a tranchet blow, but it conceals beneath it on the flat side a massive hinge fracture which has halved its thickness all over for about 3 centimetres and in addition the corner has broken away, as can be seen. This probably happened at the same time, almost certainly in antiquity, but whether in manufacture or use cannot be said.

As far as I know, no paleoliths have been found in this immediate area although a mesolithic 'Thames Pick' was found on the surface some years ago. The context and type of this implement make it very probably Neolithic.

DRAWING: Flint Axe.

Flint axe found during the recent resue-excavations at Darenth. (Drawn by Mr A E Beningfield.)

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