HESH-DAB3A2: Neolithic leaf shaped arrowhead (front and reverse)

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LEAF ARROWHEAD

Unique ID: HESH-DAB3A2

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A complete leaf shaped flint arrowhead of probable earlier Neolithic date (4000 - 2700 BC). The arrowhead is ogival / lentoid (a diamond shaped lozenge) in plan and lentoid in cross section. The arrowhead has been knapped from a light-cream to brown flint which is opaque in places. Both faces of the flint show invasive, scaled, low angled retouch. The dorsal face has scaled diagonal flaking across the entire surface. The ventral face also has scaled flaking which has a greater concentration around the proximal end. The lower edge on one side was possible broken in antiquity and then re-touched due to this one side missing part of its rounded end and having small neat abrupt retouch along its edge. Similar examples have been discovered at Bayston Hill, Shropshire (HESH-ED8357) and The Wyre Forest, Worcestershire (WAW-777BF3). Butler (2005) suggests that leaf shaped arrowheads are commonly associated with early Neolithic pottery and early and middle Neolithic monuments such as causewayed enclosures and long barrows.

The arrowhead measures 32.3mm length, 19.6mm width, is 2.6mm thick and weighs 1.8 grams.

Butler, C. (2005) Prehistoric Flintwork. Stroud, Tempus Publishing Ltd.

Class: Leaf shaped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2700 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.3 mm
Width: 19.6 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 1.8 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Ms Victoria Allnatt
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
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: Allensmore (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4535
Four figure Latitude: 52.01069108
Four figure longitude: -2.8027435
1:25K map: SO4535
1:10K map: SO43NE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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