DEV-60B248: Late Neolithic to Bronze Age flint scrapers

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Unique ID: DEV-60B248

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Two flint scrapers of probable later Neolithic or Bronze Age date, c. 3,300-800BC.

1. A secondary flake of pale grey pebble flint, with cortex surviving on c. 70% of the dorsal face. The proximal end has been lost to a large hinged removal which continues onto the dorsal face, but with pronounced conchoidal ripples present on the ventral face. The distal end of the dorsal face exhibits abrupt, short, scalar retouch which extends slightly onto the right edge. Length 30.8mm; width 22.4mm; thickness 7.1mm; weight 5.02g.

2. A tertiary flake of dark grey-brown flint speckled with pale inclusions, battering to the right lateral edge at the proximal end, probably intentional, appears to have removed the bulb of percussion and resulted in a large hinged removal scar struck at perpendicular to the over all removal. Crude, short, scalar, semi-abrupt retouch extends along the left lateral edge at the distal end of the dorsal face, possibly obscured by damage further down the flake. Length 46.0mm; width 24.4mm; thickness 6.6mm; weight 7.68g.

Both scrapers are realtively crude and lack diagnostic features and the suggested date has been left necessarily broad. The irregularity of the knapping combined with the limited area of retouch may suggest a later prehistoric date, probably later Neolithic extending into the bronze age.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 3300 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2
Weight: 13.7 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: Buckland-Tout-Saints (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX7546
Four figure Latitude: 50.30066862
Four figure longitude: -3.75649575
1:25K map: SX7546
1:10K map: SX76SE
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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