SF-ACD2E0: Flint long flake or blade of possible final Upper Palaeolithic to Mesolithic date

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Unique ID: SF-ACD2E0

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A patinated flint long flake or blade of possible final Upper Palaeolithic to Mesolithic date. It is struck from a grey/brown flint with partially patinated blue/grey surfaces. The proximal end has a hinge fracture and the distal end has a small area of unpatinated semi-abrupt and scaled retouch on the ventral face. The dorsal face has parallel flake or blade scars and both edges appear to have sigs of possible 'bruising'. It measures 108.66mm in length, 43.94mm in width, 14.77mm in thickness, and 50.90g in weight.

This is a flint long flake or blade. 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: 108.66 mm
Width: 43.94 mm
Thickness: 14.77 mm
Weight: 50.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st August 2015

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: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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