OXON-7F3AD7: Mesolithic blade: Piercer

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Unique ID: OXON-7F3AD7

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A flint piercer made on a bladelet dating to the Late Upper Palaeolithic to Mesolithic period (c. 20,000-4,000 BC). The piercer has been made on a tertiary flake of a mottled orange-brown flint. The bulb is retained as is the small fragment of the platform. There are two flake scars on the dorsal surface. The lower half of the left hand edge of the dorsal side has been worked with soft hammer precussion, becoming more invasive towards the tip of the piercer, which has detatched, possibly during production but potentially after deposition.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Date from: Circa 20000 BC
Date to: Circa 4000 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.9 mm
Width: 17.7 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 4.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Ms Alison Roberts

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2018.371

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Stanton Harcourt (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP4206
Four figure Latitude: 51.75112654
Four figure longitude: -1.39299055
1:25K map: SP4206
1:10K map: SP40NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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