HESH-92ED83: Mesolithic: Blade

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BLADE

Unique ID: HESH-92ED83

Object type certainty: Certain
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Complete flint blade of probable later Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is broadly sub-rectangular in plan and cross section. It is much thicker than most blades and the two long edges taper to a blunted point. The bulb of percussion is lost. The two long sides and the lower end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The retouch is extensive on both long edges where both pressure and direct knapping have been used. The tip is sharpened with retouch in two directions and the butt end is also trimmed with small shallow flakes being removed. A slight notch is present at the base of one long edge - this seems to be an artefact of movement in the ploughsoil rather than design. The flint is a mid grey brown colour and has been slightly abraded in the ploughsoil. The retouch may suggest that it has been used as a piercer or awl (although not of the standard type). Flint tools from Shropshire are relatively rare compared to other areas of the country. This flint is likely to have come from a riverine or glacial source if made locally.

The blade measures 36.9mm length, 10.9mm width, is 4.4mm thick and weighs 1.90 grams.

Class: Piercer
Sub class: awl

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 6500 BC
Date to: Circa 3500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.9 mm
Width: 10.9 mm
Thickness: 4.4 mm
Weight: 1.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Farndon

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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