SOM-4F8135: Neolithic to Early Bronze Age scrapers

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Unique ID: SOM-4F8135

Object type certainty: Certain
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A group of three flint scrapers of Neolithic to Early Bronze Age date.

Scraper 1 is a side scraper made on a secondary flake of dark grey translucent flint with a large proportion of reddish-orange pebble cortex remaining on one side. A portion of this cortex has been chipped away from an earlier flake removed from the core. The scraping edge is formed by abrupt, parallel retouch on one side margin of the dorsal face. The striking platform and bulb of percussion have been lost in an abrupt break possibly after deposition. The distal end narrows to a point that is curved in cross section. The piece is 29.6mm long, 15.4mm wide, 7.5mm thick and 3.14 grams.

Scraper 2 is discoidal and made on a tertiary flake of dark grey translucent flint with mottled white inclusions. The dorsal face has multiple scars, the main on resulting from an additional flake breaking off at the time of striking (a "Janus" flake). On the curving edge of the dorsal face there is invasive, parallel semi-abrupt retouch , struck from the ventral face. The striking platform and bulb of percussion survive on the ventral face.. The piece is 25.7mm long, 24.4mm wide, 8.7mm thick and 4.20 g.

Scraper 3 is an end scraper made on a tertiary flake of light grey flint with an area of less siliceous material and white yellow inclusions. There are three flaking scars on the ventral face. There is invasive, parallel semi-abrupt retouch along one side and part of the distal edge on the dorsal face. The bulb of percussion survives but the striking platform has been broken off, possibly after deposition. The piece is 29.3mm long, 13.9mm wide, 11.2mm thick and 5.28 g

The form of scraper 2 suggests a date within the Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age, although examples like this which are larger size could be found earlier in the Neolithic. Scrapers 1 and 3, a side scraper and an end scraper, could also be of Neolithic to Bronze Age date

Class: Notched flake

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2700 BC
Date to: Circa 1600 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3
Weight: 12.62 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 11th September 2018 - Tuesday 11th December 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Edward Caswell
Identified by: Mr Edward Caswell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 017839

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: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: North Petherton CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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