DEV-5FD6D3: Late neolithic to Bronze age flint scrapers

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Unique ID: DEV-5FD6D3

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Three flint scrapers of probable Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age date, probably dating to c. 3,300-1,600BC.

1. Tertiary flake of mottled pale grey flint, missing the proximal end and bulb of percussion to a natural break, with relatively large, but diffuse conchoidal ripples on the reverse. Abrupt, long, sub-parallel retouch along the distal and left edges of the dorsal face, obscuring the negative removal scars, but which appear to be struck from a different platform to the overall removal. Length 26.7mm; width 29.3mm; thickness 14.5mm; weight 5.90g.

2. Tertiary flake of slightly translucent grey-brown flint, speckled with pale inclusions and missing the proximal end and bulb of percussion. Two sub-parallel removal scars are present on the dorsal face, probably struck from the same platform as the overall removal. The right edge of the dorsal face extending up to the centre of the distal end exhibits short, semi-abrupt scalar retouch. Length 24.4mm; width 24.2mm; thickness 10.0mm; weight 2.09g.

3. Secondary flake of opaque grey-brown flint, with a small area of cortex surviving on the dorsal face and potentially also the possible striking platform. No clear conchoidal ripple marks or bulb of percussion on the reverse, with natural breaks on two edges. Potentially struck through cortex, but this is tentatively suggested. Long, semi-abrupt, sub-parallel retouch along surviving lateral edge. Length 26.2mm; width 23.9mm; thickness 13.3mm; weight 4.13g.

The small size, limited retouch and irregular knapping of these flakes would all probably suggest a date in the Later Neolithic or Early Bronze Age, although in the absence of a larger assemblage or dignostic pieces any attept at dating must be tentative. See also DEV-603F42, a possible incomplete Neolithic knife, found in the same field.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 3300 BC
Date to: Circa 1600 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3
Weight: 13.12 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019870

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: South Hams (District)
Parish or ward: Loddiswell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX7149
Four figure Latitude: 50.32677296
Four figure longitude: -3.81365705
1:25K map: SX7149
1:10K map: SX79SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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