HESH-30F2F2: Neolithic: Thumbnail scraper

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Unique ID: HESH-30F2F2

Object type certainty: Certain
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Flint thumbnail scraper of later Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date (2300 -1800BC). The scraper is formed from a mottled brown coloured piece of flint most probably selected from the waste / debitage from the tertiary phase of tool making. The ventral face shows some conchoidal ripples but striking platform etc. has been removed by snapping. The dorsal face has multiple and layered series of flake facets. These are most dense around the edge where a series of neat regular well applied secondary retouch can be seen. This has been well applied and forms a slightly serrated cutting / scraping edge. Little or no retouch is applied to the edges on the ventral face. This type of scraper is the most common type of tool found within flint assemblages of later Neolithic date, being a multi-function cutting and scraping tool which were infrequently hafted. This example is particularly well made with neat invasive flakes and a flat platform on the upper dorsal face - although it is formed on a very small flake. The small size of the scraper is common in assemblages from the Marches where outcrops of flint are particularly rare and of poor quality - resulting in smaller than average artefacts often being struck on debitage.

The scraper measures 13.7mm length, 14.2mm wide, 5.5mm thick and weighs 1.14 grams.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2300 BC
Date to: Circa 1800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.7 mm
Width: 14.2 mm
Thickness: 5.5 mm
Weight: 1.14 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: HFD Entry Form No: HFDMG 2281

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)
To be known as: Canon Pyon

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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