WMID-C66CE3: Neolithic - Bronze Age awl or piercer (front and back)

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Unique ID: WMID-C66CE3

Object type certainty: Probably
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A complete knapped flint probable awl or piercer (re-used from an earlier flake), dating to the Late Neolithic – Early Bronze Age period, between 3000 – 1800 BC (length: 40.5mm; width: 23mm; thickness: 7mm; weight: 5.8g).

There appears to be a multiple bulbs of percussion at the top of the ventral side of the artefact, as well as notches to the left and right. On the dorsal side, the artefact terminates with a pointed piercer at the top and retouch predominantly to the left and right, as well as at the rounded bottom end.

A piercer can be defined as a borer form (with a narrow projection for perforation), but with a point made by retouch from only one direction (Clark et al, 1960, ‘Excavations at the Neolithic site at Hurst Fen, Mildenhall, Suffolk’ in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society Vol 26, page 223.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Post 3000 BC
Date to: Ante 1800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.5 mm
Width: 23 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 5.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 23rd February 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Identified by: Ms Caroline Johnson

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Lichfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK0908
Four figure Latitude: 52.669637
Four figure longitude: -1.868346
1:25K map: SK0908
1:10K map: SK00NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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