CORN-C1CD03: axe flake (dorsal)

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Unique ID: CORN-C1CD03

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Flint flake from a polished axehead (Alison Roberts, Ashmolean Museum, pers comm), pentagonal in plan with parallel oblique margins, and lozenge-shaped in profile and in section, with a central medial ridge. The proximal end retains the bulb of percussion on the ventral face and the distal end has been truncated by a hinge fracture on the ventral face, which restricts the re-use of this edge. There is a thin section of the polished edge remaining on the upper left margin of the dorsal face. The left margin of the ventral face has some retouch towards the hinge fracture, but this is haphazard and uneven so was likely not used as a cutting edge. The thin curving profile, the narrow butt with a diffuse bulb and small lip, the hinge fracture on the ventral face, and the multi-directional negative scars on the dorsal face all suggest that this is typical of an axe-thinning flake (Butler, 141, Fig.58).

The flint is patinated and creamy white in colour and not local to the area. There is no cortex left on the surface, suggesting that this is a tertiary flake from a large core, which may have been brought in to the county to produce the axe. The length to breadth ratio is 1:1. Polished axes like these are dated from the Neolithic period.

Bond (2004) illustrates ground axe blade and butt end fragments on pages 140 & 143, Figs.5.126 & 5.129, Nos.15 & F142-3, which are dated from the Later Neolithic period.

Butler (2005) illustrates a similar axe-thinning flake on page 141, Fig.58, No.2, which is dated to the Neolithic period.

Subsequent actions

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


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4500 BC
Date to: Circa 2100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41 mm
Width: 41 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 12.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 13th May 2007 - Wednesday 16th May 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Secondary identifier: Ms Alison Roberts

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 494.18
Museum accession number: 2011.23

Materials and construction

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

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: SW4627
Four figure Latitude: 50.088689
Four figure longitude: -5.552343
1:25K map: SW4627
1:10K map: SW47SE
WOEID: 26352492
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: Friday 3rd February 2012
Updated: Monday 6th February 2012

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