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Unique ID: ESS-3C9AF7

Object type certainty: Probably
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A large, probable scraper knapped from a tertiary flint flake and dating from the Neolithic to early Bronze Age (4000-1000 BC). It is broadly ovoid in plan, opaque in the body with translucent edges and on a mid-gray, mottled flint. At the proximal end is a pronounced bulb of percussion on the ventral face. This bears evidence of bulb preparation with a large removal running from the edge diagonally into the centre and several parallel removals across the edge. The flake has pronounced, visible ripples covering the whole ventral face. It is trapezoid in section with two arrises running down the dorsal face created by the scars from previous removals of large flakes parallel to this one.

The retouch extends around the distal end and down both sides. Long, parallel, abrupt retouch has created an almost straight distal end. The retouch along the thinner, right edge (when viewed from the dorsal face) has more scalar retouch, tapering to short removals as the flake thins. Damage at the distal and proximal ends of this edge obscure some of the retouch.

It is 70.2mm long, 46.7mm wide and 12.2mm thick; it weighs 43.31g.

The thickness of the flake and large bulb of percussion suggests hard hammer working and a later Neolithic or Bronze Age date, c. 3,300 to 800 BC.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 3300 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 70.2 mm
Width: 46.7 mm
Thickness: 12.2 mm
Weight: 43.31 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 13th September 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Katie Marsden
Identified by: Miss Katie Marsden

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Colchester (District)
Parish or ward: Little Horkesley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL9632
Four figure Latitude: 51.95194384
Four figure longitude: 0.85077555
1:25K map: TL9632
1:10K map: TL93SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Building work
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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

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