IOW-8C2592: Early Bronze Age Barbed and tanged Flint Arrowhead

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BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD

Unique ID: IOW-8C2592

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged flint arrowhead (c. 2500 BC-c. 1500 BC).

This arrowhead is sub-triangular in plan and an elongated pointed-oval shape in cross-section and side view. The barbs are pointed (a tiny portion of one may be missing due to a break) and the tang is straight at its end. It has been knapped using both direct and indirect percussion techniques. Both long sides of the arrowhead have been finely retouched to create sharp edges. The retouch can be classified as invasive, sub-parallel and low angled.

This implement is in extremely good condition and is particularly thin. It has an off-white patina overall.

Length: 38.7mm; width: 22.8mm; thickness: 4.6mm. Weight: 2.74g.

Similar flint barb and tanged arrowheads are associated with the Beaker phase of the Late / final Neolithic and Early Bronze Age c. 2500 BC-1500 BC. This example fits into the sub-classification of non-Fancy B&T arrowheads best described as Sutton types (Butler 2005: 162-165, after Green (1980).

Butler, C. 2005. Prehistoric Flintwork. Tempus Publishing. Stroud.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: National Trust
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2500 BC
Date to: Circa 1500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38.7 mm
Width: 22.8 mm
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 2.74 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 8th October 2015 - Thursday 8th October 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2015-15-1

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Discovery circumstances: Chance find
Current location: National Trust
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Cliff and related features

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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