HESH-BC50F6: Flint waste flake (debitage) from tool production of probable Neolithic date (3500 - 2100 BC).

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SCRAPER (TOOL)

Unique ID: HESH-BC50F6

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Flint waste flake (debitage) from tool production 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, but a section has been partially removed by subsequent working. 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. This retouch is irregular, however, the underside (dorsal face) of the flake is highly polished suggesting a long period of use. There is also some reworking on the rear butt of the flake, near the bulb of percussion. The front face also has a number of angular hinge fractures present. These may be the result of the flint being of poor quality.

The flint flake is a mid grey colour, with a number of large white flecks running through it. It measures 42mm length, 33.5mm width, is 10.4mm thick, and weighs 9.44 grams. A possible source for this 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: Utilised Waste Flake
Sub class: Debitage

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: 42 mm
Width: 33.5 mm
Thickness: 10.4 mm
Weight: 9.44 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 23rd 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: Clehonger (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4837
Four figure Latitude: 52.028961
Four figure longitude: -2.759343
1:25K map: SO4837
1:10K map: SO43NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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