HAMP-32CCB5: Nineteen Mesolithic 'microliths' (dorsal view)

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Unique ID: HAMP-32CCB5

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A group of nineteen flint Mesolithic bladelet fragments created through transverse lateral or diagonal snapping, possibly used as microlithic components of larger objects. The artefacts measure between c. 12.6 and 28.5mm long. They are generally sub-rectangular, by definition. Most of the pieces have either two or three longitudinal scars on the dorsal face giving them a triangular or trapezoidal cross-section respectively; on others there is further working. The colours range through the greys, with one a browner hue in places. Only on one piece (that top left on the image) is there evidence of retouching along one side. It is noted that they have been formed crudely, mainly through snapping. They therefore do not conform to conventional microlith forms.


These form part of a Mesolithic assemblage with a fairly balanced mixture of 'crude' microliths (this record) and some retouched forms (some possible scrapers and casually retouched flakes). Alongside a core are core rejuvenation flakes, together with numerous unworked blades and bladelets. Many of the blades have been snapped, leaving microburins and other snapped portions. There is a large proportion of miscellaneous waste, some of which shows evidence of fire cracking. Found in the vicinity was a scraper probably of Neolithic date.

Thanks are extended to Grant Williams of Sussex Archaeological Society for his help with identifications.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 8500 BC
Date to: Circa 4000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 19
Weight: 22.03 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Grant Williams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: E2809

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)
Parish or ward: Kingsley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU7938
Four figure Latitude: 51.135833
Four figure longitude: -0.872253
1:25K map: SU7938
1:10K map: SU73NE
WOEID: 13261
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: Monday 11th October 2010
Updated: Monday 11th October 2010

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