YORYM-888C49: Mesolithic to Neolithic : Awl

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AWL

Unique ID: YORYM-888C49

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete knapped lithic implement of late Mesolithic to early Neolithic date, circa 7000 - 3500 BC. The implement is an awl or piercer formed from a secondary flake which is ovate with a pointed projection extending from one edge. The ventral surface is smooth with ripples of percussion radiating from the right edge of the distal end. The dorsal surface displays signs of extensive working with numerous flakes having been removed. Extensive steep and invasive retouch is present around the edges of the point.

The flint is a light grey colour with lighter chalky inclusions and a small patch of cortext is retained on the right edge. The implement is 33.9mm long, 18.5mm wide, 6.4mm thick and weighs 3.4g.

Piercers tend to be more heavy duty tools than awls and were probably used for creating holes in leather or wood. Awls tended to have thinner cross sections and were probably used to work lighter materials than piercers. It is therefore likely due to the construction of this implement that the classification of piercer is more apt.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 7000 BC
Date to: Circa 3500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.9 mm
Width: 18.5 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 3.4 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bridlington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA1770
Four figure Latitude: 54.11257558
Four figure longitude: -0.21171517
1:25K map: TA1770
1:10K map: TA17SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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

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