ESS-56619D: Neolithic Polished Flint Axehead

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Unique ID: ESS-56619D

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Fragment of a Neolithic axe. The remaining blade end of a polished lithic axehead. The implement is broken and the butt end is missing. The item is lentoid in cross section with a raised central portion, thinning to the edges. It would have been bifacially knapped to create a symmetrical surface on both sides, before being polished.
One face features a polished surface with a large flake removal, as well as some smaller thinner removals close to the broken edge. The other edge is smooth and polished with some superficial flake removals which could have been caused post depositionally. The smoothness of both faces suggests that the large removal on one of the faces (which is un-polished and bears sharp edges) was accidental and which potentially resulted in the breaking of the artefact, possibly after it was deposited.
The blade edge is thinned and sharp and straight. The artefact is made from light grey flint with darker grey inclusions. There is some iron staining on the remaining arrises and across the polished surface.

Dimensions: weight: 114.83g, length: 66.6mm, width: 63.9mm, thickness: 32.3mm


For similar atefacts on the database, see SUR-BDB518, SUSS-458F01, NLM-E0588E, HESH-8DB2C5, SOM-1796A5, YORYM-2C41A8, WILT-394ECD, DUR-CECB3A

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2351 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 66.6 mm
Width: 63.9 mm
Thickness: 32.3 mm
Weight: 114.83 g

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Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

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

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