HESH-372C43: Neolithic: Leaf shaped arrowhead

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ARROWHEAD

Unique ID: HESH-372C43

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Leaf shaped flint arrowhead (projectile point) of probable early Neolithic date (3000-2500 BC). The arrowhead is ‘kite-shaped’ in that it is broadly triangular in plan with graduated expanding edges from a pointed tip to a relatively flat – inturned base. In cross section the arrowhead is broadly lentoid. The arrowhead has been formed from a broad relatively thin blade, and the upper (dorsal) face has a series of longitudinal blade scars present suggesting that the blade had been removed from a relatively well worked core. The lower (ventral) face shows clear conchoidal fractures although the bulb of percussion has been removed from the lower edge which has been deliberately snapped. The tip and both long edges of the arrowhead have been retouched. This secondary working is most evident on the ventral face where it is limited to the upper 1/3 of the arrowhead. The flaking at this point is very neat and regular. The flaking on the dorsal face is limited to the lower edges of the arrowhead and is more irregular in its nature. There is no evidence of significant pressure (ripple) flaking to the body of either face. This is relatively unusual in arrowheads of this period. The arrowhead has been knapped from a mid-dark grey flint which shows no signs of being from secondary (riverine / glacial) sources. The arrowhead measures 40mm length, 21.2mm width, is 4.8mm thick and weighs 3.8 grams.

Class: Leaf Shaped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: 3000 BC
Date to: 2500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40 mm
Width: 21.2 mm
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 3.8 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)
To be known as: Ross-on-Wye

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
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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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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