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Unique ID: SUR-C1A8FD

Object type certainty: Probably
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A flint knife or point made from a tertiary flake of mottled light grey flint, 55.1mm in length, which has been bifacially worked around the tip and sides. The dorsal surface has a large removal scar at the proximal end, with the distal tip being thicker, with a lenticular cross section and worked all around with scaled intrusive retouch.

Whilst the proportions of this knife look like a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age plano-convex knife, this object has been flaked on both faces suggesting it is an early Neolithic laurel leaf. Butler (2005: 130) states that it is not clear what the intended use of laurel leaves were, though it is likely they were used as knives and perhaps hafted into wooden handles. For comparable examples see Butler (ibid: 129) nos 5-6. 

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.1 mm
Width: 24.5 mm
Thickness: 6.3 mm
Weight: 8.28 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 22nd February 2022

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Surrey (County)
District: Reigate and Banstead (District)
Parish or ward: Merstham (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2753
Four figure Latitude: 51.26202098
Four figure longitude: -0.18119935
1:25K map: TQ2753
1:10K map: TQ25SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Butler, C. 2005 Prehistoric Flintwork Stroud The History Press

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Recording Institution: SUR
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Updated: About one month ago

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