SOM-43EC1A: Neolithic Blade

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Unique ID: SOM-43EC1A

Object type certainty: Certain
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Neolithic knapped and retouched flint tertiary blade dating to c. 4000 - 2100 BC. The blade has a small platform and bulb of percussion at the proximal end and comes to a point at the distal end. There are very clear, almost v shaped, ripples of percussion across the lower half of the ventral face. Three are three earlier flake removals on the dorsal face indicate that similar blades were removed from the same core. On the ventral face there is significant short, sub-parallel and semi-abrupt retouch on the right side mesal edge creating notches with plain areas between. This deliberate retouch is not simply a result of the ripples and has created a deniculate or serrated edge.

The flint blade is a very dark grey in colour with very small occasional white flecks.

The blade is 31.1mm long, 14.7mm wide, 5.8mm thick and weighs 2.10g.

The serrated edge suggests use as a spcialist cutting implement althoguh it is also possible it was used as a borer or piercer due to the sharp point at the distal end although the re-touch would suggest that this was not the intended use when creating the tool. see SOM-7E5242 for an almost identical tool made of chert.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.1 mm
Width: 14.7 mm
Thickness: 5.8 mm
Weight: 2.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Thursday 21st February 2019

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018339

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)
To be known as: Bratton Seymour 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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