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LITHIC IMPLEMENT

Unique ID: LEIC-CD8DE3

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25 flint and chert lithic implements. Described from top to bottom, left to right:

A1 Late Upper Paleolithic chert point. Tertiary chert blade with opaque creamy-grey patina. Hard-hammer struck blade with low bulb. Parallel unidirectional ridges, single relict bi-directional removal suggests the core from which the blade was struck was once worked from the opposing end. Distal end retouched slightly (short, semi-abrupt, sub-parallel) on right lateral creating pointed end. Late Upper Paleolithic to Early Mesolithic -13000 to -8000. SK 7648 2602

A2 Neolithic chert blade. Tertiary retouched chert blade with opaque mottled-brown patina. Hard-hammer struck with plain butt. Parallel unidirectional ridges. Distal end slightly retouched along the left lateral edge (short, abrupt, sub-parallel) and also towards the butt along the left lateral edge (short, semi-abrupt, scaler). Possibly used as a scraping tool. Likely to be Neolithic but such tools were also made in the Middle Palaeolithic. Middle Paleolithic to Early Neolithic -250 000 to -3300. SK 7697 2563

A3 Neolithic chert flake. Tertiary chert flake with opaque light brown patina. Broken down left lateral edge, presumably when struck with a hard hammer. Striking platform has shattered similar to a siret fracture. Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic -9000 to -3300. SK 7682 2502

A4 Mesolithic flint blade. Retouched. Secondary flint blade, semi-translucent turning light grey through patination. Some cortex on the distal end. Proximal end missing, may have deliberately snapped for hafting as piece could be a flint knife. Some retouch exists on the ventral face along both laterals near the distal end (short, abrupt on right, semi-abrupt on left, sub-parallel), struck from unidirectional blade core. Early to Late Mesolithic -9000 to -4000. SK 7620 2773

A5 Neolithic flint blade. Secondary flint blade, semi-translucent turning light grey through patination. Shattered on impact from hard-hammer. Some small flake scars on the distal end suggest the core was worked from an opposing end. Late Mesolithic to Late Neolithic -8000 to -2200. SK 7721 2518

B1 Neolithic flint flake. Secondary flint flake, semi-translucent but turning an opaque light grey through patination. Unidirectional and orthogonal flake scars. One intentional small notch removal towards distal end on the left lateral edge. Platform prepared before striking. Early to Late Neolithic -4000 to -2200. SK 7726 2519

B2 Neolithic flint arrowhead. Semi-translucent flint turning an opaque light grey through patination. Made on a secondary flake. Small notch on the right lateral near the proximal end for hafting. Distal end possesses a transverse truncation indicative of arrowhead production from the rest of the assemblage. Small area of retouch near the tip ( short, low angle, scaler). Early to Late Neolithic -4000 to -2200. SK 7696 2557

B3 Neolithic chert arrowhead (probable). Tertiary chert flake with opaque brown patination. Unidirectional scars. Either hinge terminated during manufacture or deliberately truncated in the same manner as arrowheads widely seen across the wider assemblage. Proximal end has been worked to thin the neck for hafting and platform removed. Early to Late Neolithic -4000 to -2200. SK 7688 2502

B4 Mesolithic flint flake. Secondary flint flake, semi-translucent brown flint turning an opaque light bluish grey through patination. Uni-directional flake scar. Right lateral edge has been serrated with crossed, short, abrupt retouch. Probably used as a serrated saw-like tool. Early to Late Mesolithic -9000 to -4000. SK 7620 2789

B5 Neolithic flint flake. Primary flint flake, dark brown flint turning grey through patination. Hard-hammer struck with pronounced bulb. Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age -4000 to 0. SK 768 251

C1 Mesolithic flint flake. Tertiary flint flake with opaque creamy patina. Flake struck from opposing platform core, distal end is the opposing platform. Hard-hammer struck, pronounced bulb. Early to Late Mesolithic -9000 to -4000. SK 7680 2517

C2 Mesolithic flint flake. Tertiary flint flake with light grey opaque patina. Hard-hammer struck from orthogonal core. Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic -9000 to -2200. SK 7674 2514

C3 Mesolithic flint core tablet. Tertiary flint core tablet on semi-translucent brown flint turning light grey opaque with patination. Struck to rejuvenate. Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic -9000 to -2200. SK 7527 2782

C4 Neolithic flint awl. Secondary flint flake, semi-translucent brown flint turning an opaque light grey through patination. Bi-directional flake scar, platform shattered and not present. Distal end abruptly retouched into an awl. Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic -9000 to -2200. SK 7637 2508

C5 Mesolithic flint flake. Secondary flint flake, light bluish-grey opaque patina. Two parallel orthogonal removals on dorsal. Early to Late Mesolithic -9000 to -4000. SK 7619 2792

D1 Neolithic flint notch. Flake fragment on flint with light grey opaque patina struck from piece with older, light cream iron-stained patina. Proximal end notched. Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic -9000 to -2200. SK 76194 27922

D2 Undated flint flake fragment. Flake fragment on flint with light grey, creamy, opaque patina. SK 76194 27922

D3 Neolithic flint awl (possible). Flake fragment on flint with light grey, creamy opaque patina. Left lateral edge has been truncated and, considering the characteristics of the wider unique assemblage, an awl-type tool cannot be ruled out. Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic -9000 to -2200. SK 7617 2784

D4 Mesolithic flint arrowhead (possible). Made on flint with an opaque light grey/brown iron-stained patina. Distal end either step-fractured or has been truncated to create a small point. Small notch present on right lateral near proximal end presumably for hafting. Technology would be consistent with other points & arrowheads from the wider assemblage. Late Mesolithic to Early Neolithic -8000 to -3300. SK 76194 27922

D5 Mesolithic flint arrowhead (possible). Made on flint with an opaque light grey/brown iron-stained patina. Small notches carefully removed from all over to shape the piece. Technology would be consistent with other points & arrowheads from the wider assemblage. Early to Late Neolithic -4000 to -2200. SK 76194 27922

E1 Mesolithic flint core fragment. Core fragment from unidirectional blade core. Flint has turned light blue and opaque with patina. The piece exhibits post-depositional edge damage, presumably from a combination of plough and water action. Late Upper Paleolithic to Late Mesolithic -13000 to -4000. SK 7616 2781

E2 Neolithic flint awl (possible). Made on a core fragment of mid-grey opaque patinated flint. End has been lightly retouched (short, abrupt). to produce the sharp awl-like point. Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic -9000 to -3300. SK 7633 2606

E3 Mesolithic flint transverse arrowhead. Made on bladelet of flint that is now light bluish-grey opaque in patina. Snapped at both ends to create the trapezodial shape. Early to Late Mesolithic -9000 to -4000. SK 76194 27922

E4 Mesolithic flint arrowhead (possible). Made on flint with an opaque light grey/brown iron-stained patina. Distal end either step-fractured or has been truncated. Small notch present on right lateral near proximal end, presumably for hafting. Technology would be consistent with other points & arrowheads from the wider unique assemblage. Similar to D4. Early to Late Mesolithic -9000 to -4000. SK 76194 27922

E5 Mesolithic flint arrowhead (possible). Made on flint with an opaque light grey/brown iron-stained patina. Small amount of retouch (short, abrupt) present on right lateral which may be to shape the piece for hafting. If this piece does represent a small arrowhead the platform would be oriented on the left lateral side, which is a characteristic of numerous arrowheads in the wider unique assemblage. Early to Late Mesolithic -9000 to -4000. SK 76194 27922

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Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: PALAEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: IRON AGE

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 25

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Jane Southgate
Identified by: Dr Alan Massey
Secondary identifier: Mr Rupert Birtwistle

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)

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