HESH-E72591: Flint flake of probable Neolithic date (3500 - 2100 BC).

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FLAKE

Unique ID: HESH-E72591

Object type certainty: Certain
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Flint flake of probable Neolithic date (3500 - 2100 BC). The flake is irregular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion on the reverse of the flake is complete. It is likely that this flake was a by-product (or waste flake / debitage) of tool making; if this is the case then it must have been once all the cortex had been removed (tertiary / third phase of tool making) as there is no evidence for cortex on the flint. This waste flake has then been re-used or utilised to form a scraper like tool. The evidence for this is the secondary flaking or retouch along one edge. There is also some reworking on the rear butt of the flake, near the bulb of percussion; this work is less detailed than the retouch on the edge.

The flint flake is a mid grey colour. There are also a number of scars and damage from movement in the soil or frost action. This has resulted in damage to several faces of the flake. A possible source for this uncharacteristically large flake is from a riverine or glacial deposit rather than from an area where flint occurs more frequently. This type of tool is typical of the Herefordshire / Marches area as sites for procuring flint are limited. This results in primary, secondary and tertiary waste flakes being utilised to make tools such as this.

Class: scraper

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: 3500 BC
Date to: 2100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.7 mm
Width: 32.5 mm
Thickness: 13.2 mm
Weight: 39.71 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 19th August 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Kings Caple (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO5528
Four figure Latitude: 51.948663
Four figure longitude: -2.656138
1:25K map: SO5528
1:10K map: SO52NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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