SF-610570: A patinated and snapped flake of possible final Upper Palaeolithic to Mesolithic date

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Unique ID: SF-610570

Object type certainty: Certain
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A patinated and snapped flake, perhaps the distal end of a retouched flake. It is of possible final Upper Palaeolithic to Mesolithic date. The object is struck from a grey flint and is roughly triangular in form, oval in section, with snapped proximal end that has possible unpatinated parallel and abrupt retouch. Both faces have evidence for limited flake removal and thick patination that is orange to green/black on one face and and green/brown on the other. Around the distal end there is possible short, semi-abrupt and scaled retouch that produces a rounded point. It measures 64.07mm in length, 52.52mm in width, 18.03mm in thickness, and 45.52g in weight.

This is a flint flake, possibly a retouched flake. It forms one part of a larger assemblage of flint blades, flakes, and tools, all found together on spoil excavated from a single pit during the construction of a soakaway. The complete assemblage finds close parallels to excavated long blade assemblages and industries in the surrounding landscape, most notably those recently published in the immediate vicinity at Brandon (E. Martin in Tester et al., 'Staunch Meadow, Brandon, Suffolk' EAA 151, 2014: p. 26). The presence of long blades (backed blades and bruised blades/lame mâchurée) within the assemblage suggests at least a Mesolithic date for the group, potentially extending into the final stages of the Upper Palaeolithic, perhaps c.12,000-4,000 BC.

Class: Flake

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: PALAEOLITHIC
Period to: MESOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 12000 BC
Date to: Circa 4001 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 64.07 mm
Width: 52.52 mm
Thickness: 18.03 mm
Weight: 45.52 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st November 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: BRD 248

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Brandon

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Building work
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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