The oldest 'made' object to found in Derbyshire was discovered here in 1953.(read more)
The Hopton Handaxe
DERSB : 9580
Handaxe found near Hopton, Derbyshire, 200,000 - 350,000 years old. Stones tools like this handaxe are typiclly found in southern England, where the climate stayed warner for longer during the ice ages. Handaxes like this are distinctive to the Acheulean - a stone stye of stone tool manufacture that is characterised by oval and pear-shaped handaxes. Handaxes of this style and age were used by a number of hominid species including Homo erectus and Homo heidelbergensis.
- Description: width 88mm; length 128mm; depth 25mm; diameter mm
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)