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PUBLIC-425B02: blade

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-425B02

Object type certainty: Certain
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A true blade of translucent mottled grey-brown flint with a faint red ring. The right of the dorsal surface carries parallel oblique blade scars and these are truncated by a longitudinal blade scar parallel to the true blade removal.This has parallel margins and dorsal ridge. The blade has been removed by soft hammer or punch from a core whose platform has been systematically replaced by one at a thirty degree angle. The flint appears to have been heat-treated to facilitate the production of longer and more predictable blades from difficult slightly coarse pebble resources.There are other examples from this locality. A small patch of dorsal gloss on the ridges near the proximal end may indicate use.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Royal Cornwall Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa 6500 BC
Date to: Circa 4500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.1 mm
Width: 9.6 mm
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Weight: 0.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 18th July 2007 - Wednesday 18th July 2007

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 491B.4
Museum accession number: 2011.23

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Paul (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW4526
Four figure Latitude: 50.079285
Four figure longitude: -5.565627
1:25K map: SW4526
1:10K map: SW46SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Current location: Royal Cornwall Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 10 years ago

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