HESH-B6FB61: Neolithic: Incomplete knife

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Unique ID: HESH-B6FB61

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of knapped flint knife - or possibly a reworked projectile point of later Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date (2900 BC - 1800 BC). The flint is sub-triangular in plan and an irregular trapezoid in cross section. The flint has been worked from a larger flake and the ventral face shows evidence of conchoidal ripples. The two long edges of the dorsal face show evidence of significant retouch which has been applied through pressure flaking; these have created a neat serrated edge. The lower short edge has several areas of vertical knapping on the butt suggesting it has been deliberately snapped or that a snapped edge has been trimmed. The function of the flake is difficult to ascertain, it would fit as either a snapped tip from a long knife blade or possibly a reworked projectile point, although the relative thickness of the point suggests otherwise. The flint is a mid brown colour with a mottled surface patina. The flint has been snapped into two parts after discovery and then subsequently glued back together by the finder.

The flint measures 41.1mm length, is 17.6mm wide at the base and is 5.3mm thick. It weighs 3.86 grams

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2900 BC
Date to: Circa 1800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.1 mm
Width: 17.6 mm
Thickness: 5.3 mm
Weight: 3.86 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)
Parish or ward: Bosbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO6944
Four figure Latitude: 52.09346853
Four figure longitude: -2.45390716
1:25K map: SO6944
1:10K map: SO64SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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