WILT-6FD4E9: Mesolithic to Bronze Age perforated pebble

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PERFORATED OBJECT

Unique ID: WILT-6FD4E9

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete stone macehead of Mesolithic to early Bronze Age date (c. 8500 - 1601BC). The macehead is made from a smooth waterworn quartzite pebble. The macehead is semi-circular in shape. Approximately 50% remains. There is a break across the centre of the peforation. The hourglass profile of the perforation indicates that it was worked from both sides. There is some evidence of pecking on the rounded edge of the macehead, indicating that it may have been used as a pebble hammer. The quartzite is orange-brown in colour with red-brown inclusion, indicating a high iron content.

The macehead measures 47.58mm in length, 58.19mm in width, is 16.17mm thick and weighs 65.62g.

Perforated objects such as this exmple appear in the Mesolithic, but are also seen much later, hence the broad date range ascribed to this example.

Cf. LEIC-AEE484, LEIC-F62A78, NLM-9A7147, LIN-DE2AC7, LIN-DD9004, SF-6697D5, and LVPL-964068 , SF8841, SF3669 and HESH-191F76 for similar examples on the database.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 8500 BC
Date to: Circa 1601 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 47.58 mm
Width: 58.19 mm
Thickness: 16.17 mm
Weight: 65.62 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Julie Shoemark
Identified by: Miss Julie Shoemark

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4255

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST8880
Four figure Latitude: 51.51878995
Four figure longitude: -2.17433778
1:25K map: ST8880
1:10K map: ST88SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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