SOM-8C02DD: Mesolithic to Neolithic flint blade

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Unique ID: SOM-8C02DD

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An incomplete flint debitage blade of probable later Mesolithic or Neolithic date, c. 6500-2400 BC. The surviving fragment is a tertiary blade of a heavily patinated pale grey flint, missing both the proximal and distal ends and with one of these breaks unpatinated. Three parallel negative removal scars run longitudinally down the dorsal face, there is no evidence of retouch.

Dimensions: length 20.4mm; width 11.6mm; thickness 2.2mm; weight 0.72g.

It is difficult to date lone flakes with confidence, however the neat blade technology visible on this fragment would be characteristic of flint work in the later Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. That this blade is notably more patinated than other flint recovered in the vicinity may also be of note.

Three further similar flakes of debitage were found in late 2018. Again two were heavily patinated. All three were sections of longer blades with some modern breaks through the patinated surface as well as older breaks. One is a secondary flake with cortext covering half the dorsal face. Two were of mid-grey flint, one of dark grey-black. Total weight 13.84g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 6500 BC
Date to: Circa 2400 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 4
Length: 20.4 mm
Width: 11.6 mm
Thickness: 2.2 mm
Weight: 0.72 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019498

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST4408
Four figure Latitude: 50.86877657
Four figure longitude: -2.79717523
1:25K map: ST4408
1:10K map: ST40NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one day ago

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