SOM-D14AD9: Late Neolithic or Bronze Age scrapers and debitage

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Unique ID: SOM-D14AD9

Object type certainty: Certain
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Four Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age flint scrapers, probably dating to c. 3,300-1,600BC.

1. A thumbnail scraper worked from a reused primary or secondary flake of grey-brown flint; cortex covers those areas of the dorsal face which do not exhibit retouch, c. 60%. The flake has no clear point or bulb of percussion, with one facet of the dorsal face at the proximal end and the ventral face much more heavily patinated, suggesting the reuse of an older tool. The dorsal face exhibits long, scalar retouch, abrupt along the left edge, becoming semi-abrupt at the distal end and right edge. Length 20.4mm; width 20.9mm; 8.0mm; weight 4.60g.

2. A scraper worked from a reused secondary flake, of pale brown translucent flint with the ventral face and central dorsal facets patinated white; a small amount (c. 10%) of the dorsal face is covered by cortex, at the distal end. The proximal end has been lost to an unpatinated break. A removal, struck from the scar of this break has removed the original right edge of the flake on the doral face. The left edge exhibits Semi-abrupt, long scalar retouch, also unpatinated. 27.4mm; 16.9 mm 8.0mm; weight 3.75g.

3. A scraper worked on a tertiary flake of mottled grey-black flint, a small area of white patina at the proximal end of the ventral face suggests further reuse of older material. A relatively pronounced bulb of percussion survives at the proximal end, with a relatively large bulbar scar. The right edge of the dorsal face exhibits crude, scalar low angle retouch. length 29.7mm; width 19.6mm; thickness 5.5mm; weight 3.47g

4. A small retouched flint flake exhibiting low angle, covering, sub-parallel retouch on both faces, but with the the scars being heavily patinated. The distal end is lost to a patinated break. A small area of probable retouch breaks the patina on the left edge, short, scalar, semi abrupt, however on the opposite edge this is less clearly retouch and both may be post-depositional. length 19.9mm; width 15.8mm; thickness 2.1mm; weight 0.77g.

5. Small flake of debitage, a secondary flake of mottled grey-brown flint, cortex remains along the right dorsal edge. No retouch. A relatively diffuse bulb of percussion survives at the proximal end. length 21.1mm; width 10.0mm; thickness 4.0mm; weight 0.76g.

The relatively crude knapping and extensive evidence for reuse of older material would suggest a later Prehistoric date.

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: 5
Weight: 13.35 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019933

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST6520
Four figure Latitude: 50.97833799
Four figure longitude: -2.49991954
1:25K map: ST6520
1:10K map: ST62SE
Grid reference source: From finder
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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