HESH-375DF2: Neolithic: Scraper

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SCRAPER (TOOL)

Unique ID: HESH-375DF2

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Small flint waste flake / debitage probably dating from the Neolithic period (2900 - 2100 BC). The flake is broadly oval in both plan and D shaped in profile. It has number of regular facets caused by flaking and also plough-damage on the upper (dorsal) face of the flake. The lower (ventral) face has very little evidence of flaking. It does however show evidence of conchoidal fractures suggesting that the bulb of percussion has been removed by later flaking. There is a small area of cortex (the rough outer skin of the flint nodule) present on the dorsal face. This suggests that this flake comes from the secondary phase of tool production. The remains of a large flaw in the flint is clearly evident on the dorsal face and there are a number of hinge fractures present around it. It is likely that this is the reason why this flake was removed originally. The waste flake has been reworked to form a side-scraper of similar date. This has been achieved by the long outer curved edge of the dorsal face being reworked using pressure flaking to form a serrated cutting and scraping edge. This has subsequently been worn away (presumably through use) leaving relatively polished facets. This type of flint tool is relatively common in the Marches area as there are limited sources of flint. This means that tools tend to be much smaller than other areas and pieces of debitage are often reworked to form small tools. The flint is a dark-mid grey colour with a number of lighter seams running through it. The flake measures 36.4mm in length, 24.9mm width, is 6.5mm thick and weighs 5.81 grams.

Class: Debitage

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: 2900 BC
Date to: 2100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.4 mm
Width: 24.9 mm
Thickness: 6.5 mm
Weight: 5.81 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

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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