SOM-F5E493: Mesolithic to Neolithic retouched flint flake

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Unique ID: SOM-F5E493

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A retouched flint flake of Mesolithic to Neolithic date (c. 9000-2350 BC) with evidence of light fire damage. The piece is broadly triangular in shape, and is a tertiary flake . The dorsal surface, has three negative parallel flake scars. The ventral surface, has a small bulb of percussion at the proximal end with a bulbar scar and widely spaced conchoidal ripple marks indicating this piece was struck off at 180 degrees to the previous removals. The proximal end has short scaled semi-abrupt retouch running a third of the way along its length, it is probable that this would have continued along the whole edge but now terminates in a stepped fracture. The distal end is formed of a straight snap with a hackled surface, typical of fire damage. The fire has also created a network of fine angular cracks throughout the flint.

The flint is dark grey in colour with considerable areas of repatination (>10% of the ventral face) which produces a diffuse milky white colour, probably from burning. It is 22.92mm in length with a maximum width of 18.79mm, tapering to 4.45mm, it has a thickness of 5.37mm and a weight of 2.83g


This piece was discovered in a field that contained one Palaeolithic handaxe (SOM-8D4799) and Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age material. Tools including scrapers (e.g. SOM-F31D27 and SOM-8A747B ) and microliths (SOM-F4905D), blades (SOM-85B209), flakes and cores (e.g. SOM-F45741, SOM-207114) that can be identified to one period or other have been recorded separately but much of the debitage has been grouped across periods.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 9000 BC
Date to: Circa 2350 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.92 mm
Width: 18.79 mm
Thickness: 5.37 mm
Weight: 2.83 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2016 - Thursday 20th October 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Susan Walker
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt number 017437

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Thornfalcon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2823
Four figure Latitude: 51.00186533
Four figure longitude: -3.02748216
1:25K map: ST2823
1:10K map: ST22SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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