DEV-E7AD5A: Prehistoric flint debitage; tertiary flakes view 1

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DEBITAGE

Unique ID: DEV-E7AD5A

Object type certainty: Certain
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A group of 33 peices of Prehistoric flint debitage; although the group is not uniform, it appears to have been sourced almost exlusively from beach or river pebbles. No flakes discussed here exhibit evidence of retouch. Part of larger assemblage of 43 peices; see also DEV-E95533, DEV-E88F5F.

The assemblage includes a single primary flake (w: 15.01g), this is incomplete, missing its distal end. Struck from a pebble, with a surviving striking platform and diffuse bulb of percussion with no scars, of a pale grey flint with frequent inclusions.

15 secondary flakes (w: 74.98g, avg. w: 5.0g), again all fragments of pebbles. The group includes a single piece of burnt flint (w: 6.40g). Although a single blade-like flake exhibits parallel removal scars, the knapping is for the most part fairly ad hoc and irregular, where they survive bulbs of percussion are relatively diffuse, although this probably reflects the raw material. One flake has been struck directly from the cortex.

17 tertiary flakes (w: 38.17g, avg. w: 2.25g). The range of flint present is consistent with the above groups, suggesting that these too are of pebble flint. This group largely comprises of fairly neat blade-like flakes, with many exhibiting relatively neat sub-parallel removals. Within this group are three clear bladelets, of the same flint as the above groups (w: 3.21g).

The assemblage as a whole contains no tools and little diagnostic evidence. Burnt flint is more typically associated with later flint working whilst the neat bladelets (see also DEV-E95533) would be more typical of earlier flint working. The irregularity of much of the flintworking may reflect the poor quality raw material. The assemblade may therefore reflect multiple periods of activity and as such a very broad Prehistoric date range is suggested.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 9000 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 33
Weight: 128.16 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st April 2016 - Sunday 30th April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge
Secondary identifier: Mr Thomas Cadbury

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019303

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Torridge (District)
Parish or ward: Landcross (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS4624
Four figure Latitude: 50.9947345
Four figure longitude: -4.19585531
1:25K map: SS4624
1:10K map: SS42SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
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Updated: 12 months ago

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