HESH-914E47: Mesolithic: flint blade

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SCRAPER (TOOL)

Unique ID: HESH-914E47

Object type certainty: Certain
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Small tertiary flake which has been utilised as a scraper of probable earlier Neolithic date (3500BC - 2500BC). The flint flake is sub-oval in plan and sub-rectangular in profile. The bulb of percussion is missing and is likely to have been trimmed from the artefact during preparation. The area of secondary reworking (retouch) covers all of the edges of the flake. The retouch is uniform in shape being formed from small narrow bladed facets. It seems likely that this flake was a by-product (or waste flake) of tool making, however, there is no evidence of cortex (rough outer skin of the flint nodule) on the artefact. This would suggest that it came from the final phase of tool production. The large amount of retouch, and the relatively large size of the flake, would suggest it is used as some form of scraping tool. It is unusual to have retouch applied to all faces of the flake and as such this piece may have had a number of functional uses. The scraper measures 32.8mm length, 26.6mm width, is 8.2mm thick and weighs 9.19 grams.

The flint flake is a mid brown honey colour with a number of lighter and darker seams running through it. When held up to the light a number of flaws can be seen in the flint. This suggests that it might have come from a riverine or glacial source rather than from an area where flint occurs more frequently. This type of tool is typical of the Marches area as sites for procuring flint are limited. This results waste flakes being reused to make tools such as this scraper.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: 3500 BC
Date to: 2500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.8 mm
Width: 26.6 mm
Thickness: 8.2 mm
Weight: 9.19 g

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
Completeness: Complete

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: Luston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4862
Four figure Latitude: 52.25370268
Four figure longitude: -2.76317647
1:25K map: SO4862
1:10K map: SO46SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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