DEV-E8A637: Neolithic tool, either a leaf arrowhead left unfinished or a side scraper

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Unique ID: DEV-E8A637

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Neolithic tool, either a leaf arrowhead left unfinished or a side scraper, made on a thin sub-oval tertiary flake of light/mid grey flint with a mid-gloss patina.

Three earlier flake removals are also visible on the ventral surface. Both mesal edges have short sub-parallel low angled retouch on the ventral surface. This runs the complete length of the left mesal edge but is only present on the lower portion of the right mesal edge.

The bulb of percussion, and striking platform, have been lost to a transverse snap on the proximal end. The distal end also terminates in a transverse snap although this may be post-depositional

The tool measures 27.3mm long, 12.0mm wide, 4.0mm thick and weighs 1.20 grams.

The tool's purpose is not certain, the leaf shape of the object, its retouch on both mesal edges and its form narrowing to a point may suggest this was an arrowhead that was left unfinished due to the thin edge being unconducive to knapping into a arrow's blade. Alternatively this artefact may have always intended to have been a side scraper which would be supported by the surviving presence of earlier flake removals not removed through later retouch.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 3300 BC
Date to: Circa 2400 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.3 mm
Width: 12 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 1.2 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: Incomplete

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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