YORYM-DA26C3: Mesolithic to Neolithic : Tool

Rights Holder: York Museums Trust
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: YORYM-DA26C3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A large knapped tool, made from basalt.

The tool has a triangular section, with two sides being wider than the third. All three sides have been heavily knapped and well finished. One terminal is slightly broken. The opposite terminal has been polished and ground possibly as a result of being used as a chisel or similar tool. This polishing gives the terminal, on the narrow side of the tool, a very smoth and rounded appearance. This wear pattern can also be seen on the surface opposite. The basalt has a dark greyish-black surface colour.

This tool and its material are both very unusual for the British Isle, but Basalt is found in the British Isle, so it could be a native tool. However, it is also possibly that the tool was brought over some time ago from the Americas and lost in a rural context. If this is a native tool it may date to the mesolithic to neolithic period.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 6500 BC
Date to: Circa 2100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 175 mm
Width: 27.7 mm
Thickness: 20.6 mm
Weight: 130 g

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Secondary identifier: MR Stuart Ogilvy

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
To be known as: Aiskew

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: GAT-A9CE10
Object type: TOOL
Broadperiod: UNKNOWN
Black conical stone found on the bank of the Afon Carrog, near to Collfryn, Bethesda Bach. It may be a naturally-shaped object. The surfac…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: WAW-ECDE6E
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broadperiod: NEOLITHIC
Early Neolithic (c. 4000 to 3300BC) probable scraper: The scraper appears to be knapped from a secondary or tertiary flint flake. The flake i…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: LON-E5CDF0
Object type: TOOL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
A Post Medieval - Modern ivory incomplete object (probably 16th-18th century). The object is a pointed oval in plan with a D-shaped cross-se…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.