SOM-8A31DD: retouched flake

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Unique ID: SOM-8A31DD

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A collection of six retouched chert flakes of probable Bronze Age date (c.2350-1600 BC) . Two of the flakes, are tertiary retaining no cortex, while the remaining pieces retain between 5 and 25% of their cortex. All of the ventral surfaces, have large bulbs of percussion and strongly defined, closely spaced conchoidal ripple marks idicative of the use of a stone hammer. All the flakes are broad, with evidence of short sub-parallel semi-abrupt retouch running along one mesal edge, probably for use as scrapers. One (top right in photo) has long parallel semi-abrupt retouch around the curved edge and is definitely a scraper.

The chert ranges in colour from a dark grey with dark reddish-brown inclusions to a light grey with cream inclusions and a light yellow with considerable dark reddish-orange banding. The whole assemblage weighs 116g


This group 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.

There was also a lot of unworked flint and chert from liming in the field.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2350 BC
Date to: Circa 1600 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 6
Weight: 116 g

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 No 017437

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
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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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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