DEV-E7D297: Neolithic to Early Bronze Age flint debitage

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DEBITAGE

Unique ID: DEV-E7D297

Object type certainty: Certain
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A group of 19 pieces of flint debitage probably of Neolithic to Early Bronze Age date (c. 4000 - 1600 BC) with a possible Mesolithic component (c. 8000 - 4000 BC).

All the pieces are of flint, six are secondary with traces of cortex remaining while the remaining thirteen flakes are tertiary. The thin pebble cortex surviving on those secondary flakes is a light orange colour bar one flake which has a thicker brown pebble cortex.

The flint has a limited variety in colour. The majority (10) are very dark grey in colour most with frequent off-white inclusions of variable size. The remaining pieces a are lighter shades of grey some being medium grey and one being very pale grey. These all share similar off-white inclusions of variable size.

Many pieces have multiple flake removals on the dorsal faces, several retain their striking platforms and bulbs of percussion, all exhibit medium to shallow waves of percussion on the ventral face. Two flakes some show potential flake removal from multiple platforms and multiple directions notably these are of flint without inclusions which may be from a different source to the rest of the assemblage.

The assemblage weighs 67.5 grams

The majority are likely to date to the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age period due to the presence of multi-platform working. The width of the majority of flake removals is greater than would be expected from a Mesolithic assemblage although one particular flake shows evidence for blade removals appropriate for a Mesolithic assemblage such that this possibility cannot be excluded.

The assemblage incorporates undiagnostic scrapers, retouched flint flakes, a core fragment, and a possible arrowhead fragment, but this is speculative.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 8000 BC
Date to: Circa 1600 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 19
Weight: 67.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 5th January 2019 - Tuesday 5th March 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Edward Caswell
Identified by: Mr Edward Caswell
Secondary identifier: Dr Lucy Shipley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 018281

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: East Devon (District)
To be known as: Huxham CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: DEV
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