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Record ID: SOM-F4AFD4
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Distal section of a tertiary flint blade, probably of Mesolithic date, c. 8300 to 3500 BC. The proximal end and the bulb of percussion are missing. The break is irregular with a hinge fracture and irregular breaks on the back; there are possible evidence of retouch on the front but it may be damage rather than deliberate breaking. There is a second retouched notch however about half the way down where the flint changes from translucent grey to opaque buff-grey. This notch is formed by short semi-parallel shallow to abrupt retouch and suggests the piece was being reworked to from microl…
Created on: Saturday 29th September 2018
Last updated: Sunday 30th September 2018
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Record ID: SOM-991ED3
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Knapped chert tertiary blade. Struck off prepared platform. Bulb of percussion at proximal end. Snap at distal end which may, or may not be deliberate. Triangular in section with aris on dorsal face from previous paralel removals from same platform. Chipping down edges but no definite retouch. The piece is 29.6mm long, 10.8mm wide and 4.2mm thick; it weighs 1.52 grams. the chert is very dark brown with paler mottling. Probably Mesolithic or possibly Early Neolithic in date, 10,000-3300 BC.
Created on: Wednesday 18th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd March 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-53216E
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Proximal end of a thin knapped flint blade with a large, deliberate notch, probably a precursor to being snapped to form a microlith of Mesolithic date, 9000-4000 BC. The piece has a very small bulb of percussion on the ventral face and two parallel aris running down the length of the dorsal face from previous parallel removals. The right edge (as seen from the dorsal face) is notched about half way along with abrupt retouch worked from the ventral face, the retouch extends towards the proximal end. The opposite edge has regularly spaced small chips from the distal face giving a serra…
Created on: Monday 20th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 9th February 2015
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Record ID: SOM-D36072
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Proximal end of a snapped knapped flint blade. Tertiary piece with a bulb of percussion and prominent bulb scar on the ventral face. Scars on the dorsal face from previous parallel removals form the same platform. The distal corners have small removals from them and it is possible the blade was delibreately notched and snapped although this is not certain from the remaining section. Very pale grey flint. 19.9mm long, 12.6mm wide and 2.7mm thick, it weighs 0.67 grams. Dating individual pieces of worked flint is always tentative but the style of working and suggestion of deliberate s…
Created on: Monday 21st July 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F1FDB7
Object type: CORE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Distal end of a knapped flint core, roughly cylindrical with removals from one side only and natural cortex at the distal end and around the other side. There is a break at the proximal end that has removed the platform. The worked side shows evidence for long, parallel, relatively large (given the size of the piece), blade-like removals. It is 25.1mm long, 25.7mm wide and 20.0mm thick; it weighs 15.93g. The flint is mid grey with paler mottling. The thin, worn cortex with areas of impacted flint surface with little cortex suggest this is pebble flint. The repeated parallel blad…
Created on: Friday 23rd May 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
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Record ID: SOM-F1D096
Object type: CORE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Knapped flint core, roughly triangular in profile with evidence of double ended working. One end has been worked off a prepared platform which remains, the other, at 180 degrees, has worked off the distal end of the previous removals. Both has been used to remove small, parallel blade-like pieces. It is 34.4mm long, 25.5mm wide and 21.1mm thick; it weighs 20.14g. The flint is high quality and dark brown. The repeated parallel blade removals from two opposite ends suggest a later Mesolithic date, 7,000 to 4,000 BC.
Created on: Friday 23rd May 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
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Record ID: SOM-F19101
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Knapped chert end scraper made on a tertiary flake. There is part of the striking platform at the proximal end and a small bulb of percussion on the ventral face. The percussion has angled in slightly with a hinge at the distal end so the flake thickens and includes the point at the distal end of the core. There are multiple parallel aris running down the dorsal face fram previous blade like removals from the same platform. The sides are chipped, obscuring any retouch. Visible retouch extends around the distal end and is short, scalar and abrupt, becoming long and sub-parallel at one …
Created on: Friday 23rd May 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
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Record ID: SOM-0DA383
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Three pieces of knapped chert debitage. One mid brown, two dark brown/black, all tertiary pieces, one complete and two the distal ends of longer blades. All appear to come from a blade core where regular long, parallel blades have been removed from the same direction. A1 is missing part of the distal end to a snap. A2 ends in a hinge fracture and has a possible area of short, semi-abrupt, scalar retouch along the middle part of the right edge on the ventral face. A3 is complete. These pieces suggest a fine blade industry in which pieces of blade are being utilised and possibly reto…
Created on: Monday 12th May 2014
Last updated: Thursday 5th June 2014
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Record ID: SOM-BA8B25
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Eight pieces of flint debitage, several with possible retouch. Colours from opaque buff to dark grey-black including mottled pieces (possibly some from weathering). No primary, five secondary and three tertiary pieces. At least five (the top row plus piece photographed seperately) are the product of a blade industry showing parallel removals of fine, thin, narrow pieces off a prepared core. The first three plus the additional piece are broken sections of blades and the first two may have very short scalar semi-abrupt retouch down one edge. On A2 where the work is on the dorsal face th…
Created on: Thursday 8th May 2014
Last updated: Friday 23rd May 2014
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Record ID: SOM-8EB056
Object type: MICROBURIN
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Knapped flint secondary blade with retouch creating two notches possibly as a preliminary to making a microlith. The proximal end, with the bulb of percussion, has already been removed, probably for the same purpose. The percussion ripploes remain on the ventral face thought the bulb is removed. It is broadly triangular in plan, thickening at the distal end, with aris runing down the centre of the dorsal face and scars suggesting previous parallel blade removals from the same platform. There is a small patch (less than 5%) of cortex at the distal end. The edges are chipped all the …
Created on: Tuesday 6th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 6th May 2014
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Record ID: SOM-148947
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Mesolithic or early Neolithic chert blade, possibly a core refreshment flake. The piece has been struck off a core with part of the platform remaining at the proximal end. There is a prominent bulb and ripples on the ventral face. On the dorsal face aris and percussion ripples suggest previous parallel removals. It thickens at the distal end into a triangular piece, possible the tip of the core. It is a mid buff-orange chert. 42.1mm long, 17.2mm wide, 11.1mm thick and 6.06 grams in weight.
Created on: Thursday 24th January 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 12th March 2013
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Record ID: SOM-005B22
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three fragments of knapped flint tertiary blades of possibly Mesolithic to earlier Neolithic date. 1. Distal end of a small blade / bladelet. Clear percussion ripples on the ventral face and aris from previous parallel removals on the dorsal face. Straight snap at the proximal end. It is unclear if this is deliberate. Mid grey flint with pale mottling. 17.8mm long, 10.7mm wide and 2.7mm thick. It weighs 0.53g. 2. Middle section of a small blade / bladelet. Clear percussion ripples on the ventral face and aris are ripples from previous parallel removals in the same direction on th…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd January 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd January 2013
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Record ID: SOM-FF1275
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The proximal end of a very small knapped flint tertiary blade retouched into a microlith of Mesolithic date. Clear bulb of percussion on the ventral face and platform at the proximal end. It is triangular with a central aris running down the centre of the dorsal face; this and ripple marks suggest previous parallel removals from the same platform. The distal end appears to have been shaped by retouch into a slight point. There is short, parallel, semi-abrupt retouch down the left edge (seen from the dorsal face) worked from the ventral face, becoming longer towards the distal end. It…
Created on: Thursday 18th October 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2012
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Record ID: SOM-FEB9F3
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two distal ends of knapped flint tertiary blades, probably of Mesolithic date. Parallel aris and ripple marks running down the dorsal faces suggest previous parallel removals from the same platform. One, in mid grey flint with a white patina, has an irregular break at the proximal end and a hinge fracture at the distal end, 0.55 grams. The other, in mid grey flint, is triangular in section, mid grey in colour with a hinged snap at the proximal end and chips down both edges, 0.66 grams.
Created on: Thursday 18th October 2012
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2012
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Record ID: SOM-FE7BE3
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two central sections of knapped flint tertiary blades, probably of Mesolithic date. Parallel aris and ripple marks running down the dorsal faces suggest previous parallel removals from the same platform. On one the flint has developed a white patina that covers the straight snap at the proximal end. The snap at the distal end is more recent and reveals the flint is mid-grey. It is 32.4mm long, 13.2mm wide and 4.2mm thick; it weighs 2.08 grams. The second has an impact mark in the centre of the snap at the proximal end and a slightly irregular, partly hinged fracture at the distal end.…
Created on: Thursday 18th October 2012
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2012
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Record ID: SOM-C38A65
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Five distal ends of secondary and tertiary blades or bladelets in knapped flint. Four have straight snaps at the proximal end with small impact fractures suggesting where they were hit to cause the snap. None have evidence of deliberate notching to one side of the snap suggesting it may be accidental. The last has a more irregular break and is almost certainly accidental. Two have small areas of cortex (less than 5% coverage) on the distal end of the dorsal face. All have parallel or semi-parallel arises on the dorsal face running down the length suggesting there were previous parall…
Created on: Monday 15th October 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2012
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Record ID: SOM-C35603
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Eight central sections of tertiary blades or bladelets in knapped flint. Four have neat snaps at both ends, three have snaps at the distal end and more irregular breaks at the proximal end and one has irregular breaks at both ends. All have parallel or semi-parallel arises on the dorsal face running down the length suggesting there were previous parallel removals from the same platform. One of the pieces with neat snaps at both ends has clear evidence of retouched notches in the edge with the breaks started as notches and then snapped across the narrowed point. Two are opaque dark gre…
Created on: Monday 15th October 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2012
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Record ID: SOM-196CC5
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Five chert blades, one complete, one proximal end and three centres. The pieces appears to have been struck off a prepared platform and the long parallel arises on the ventral face suggest they were removed as part of repeated blade removal from a core. Two pieces are in translucent mid-buff chert, three in pale grey-bufff chert with a white patina. They weigh 10.32 grams in total. The regular small blade production suggests a Mesolithic to Early Neolithic date.
Created on: Wednesday 20th June 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 20th June 2012
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Record ID: SOM-168DD1
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Long triangular microlith formed from part of a blade dating to the Mesolithic period (8300-3500 BC). The microlith is formed from part of the central section of the blade. There is one remaining parallel aris running down the length and it is curved in profile. One long edge is the original edge of the blade the other is formed from scalar abrupt retouch, it has a trapezoid cross section. The end opposite the point is a more recent break suggesting it was originally longer. The flint was originally mid grey as shown in the break but is now covered in a deep white patina. It is 19.1mm…
Created on: Wednesday 20th June 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 20th June 2012
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Record ID: SOM-B5C626
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle section of a tertiary knapped flint blade. The blade is trapezoid in section with parallel arises running down the length of the dorsal face. This along with the direction of the percussion ripples on the dorsal and ventral face suggest multiple blades were removed from the same platform. The breaks appear deliberate, they are straight snaps which are slightly hinged and both have impact marks, on the proximal break this is near the edge and may be part of a notch. On the distal end several small parallel chips across the side from the impact site on the dorsal face suggest sof…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 12th September 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chedzoy', grid reference and parish protected.


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