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    • Broad period: MESOLITHIC
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Record ID: OXON-7F3AD7
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A flint piercer made on a bladelet dating to the Late Upper Palaeolithic to Mesolithic period (c. 20,000-4,000 BC). The piercer has been made on a tertiary flake of a mottled orange-brown flint. The bulb is retained as is the small fragment of the platform. There are two flake scars on the dorsal surface. The lower half of the left hand edge of the dorsal side has been worked with soft hammer precussion, becoming more invasive towards the tip of the piercer, which has detatched, possibly during production but potentially after deposition.
Created on: Friday 25th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-7EEABA
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A flint bladelet made of a tertiary flake of mottled orange-brown flint, dating to the Mesolithic period (c. 10,000-4,000 BC). The baldelet is broadly planoconvex with a narrowed distal end. The bulb is retained however the platform at the proximal end is damaged. Numerous thin flake scars (microlith production) are visible over the dorsal surface. There is edge damage to the left hand dorsal side. There is some modern damage to the ventral surface.
Created on: Friday 25th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-7D1411
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A damaged plunging flake of probable Mesolithic date, c. 10,000 - 4,000 BC. The secondary flake has been hard-hammer struck from a mottled orange-brown flint core. There is a seam of quartz visible. Ancient flakes scars are evident on the dorsal surface but there is also modern damage to all surfaces. The flake has a wide central section that tapers towards either end while the dorsal side has a stepped profile.
Created on: Friday 25th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-7CC6AE
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete plunging flake of Mesolithic date, c. 10,000 - 4,000 BC. The tertiary flake has been hard-hammer struck from a mottled orange-brown flint. There is some possible soft-hammer percussion on the right of the proximal end. Flakes scars are evident on the dorsal surface. The flake has a wide central section that tapers towards either end.
Created on: Friday 25th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-B278B7
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A flint crested bladelet or crested flake of probable Mesolithic date (c. 10,000-4000 BC). The bladelet has been made on a secondary flake of a grey-brown, semi-translucent flint. Some cresting is visible on the dorsal side. The bulb is retained although incomplete, probably as a result of modern damage.
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-B14214
Object type: CRESTED BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A flint crested bladelet of probable Mesolithic date (c. 10,000-4000 BC). The bladelet has been made on a tertiary flake with the flint being a mottled light to dark brown colour. Part of the platform is retained as is the low bulb. Three or four long flake scars are present on the dorsal surface, with a small area of cresting towards the distal end. There is possibly a small area of retouch on one edge close to the proximal end. There are two small areas of modern damage.
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: BERK-3EA9C0
Object type: MICRODENTICULATE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Buckinghamshire
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A complete but slightly damaged struck flint, a possible microdenticulate or a multi-tool of probable Mesolithic date (c. 10,000-4000 BC). The tool is formed on a blade-like secondary flake of mottled light and dark grey flint and retains c.5% cortex around the platform on the proximal dorsal end. Flake scars on the dorsal surface show previous removals. The platform and bulb is retained; the distal end of the tool appears broken and there has been some attempt at reworking the broken distal end. The dorsal surface bares abrupt retouch (backing?) along c.70% of the left lateral, fadin…
Created on: Thursday 24th March 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
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Record ID: BERK-D1E2C2
Object type: TRANCHET AXEHEAD
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Berkshire
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A complete knapped flint tranchet adze or pick dating to the Mesolithic period (8300-4000 BC), similar to the so-called 'Thames Pick'. The pick has been made from a flint nodule and is broadly sub-rectangular in plan with both the butt end and the bladed cutting edge being slightly rounded; the pick tapers slowly from the butt end towards the blade. In section the pick is a pointed ovoid, with both butt and blade being thin and sharp and pointed in profile. The dorsal side of the pick has a high, off-centre longitudinal ridge, bevelled to each side due to flakes having been removed wit…
Created on: Monday 18th January 2016
Last updated: Friday 7th September 2018
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Record ID: BERK-CEB825
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A collection of three flint debitage pieces, or flintworking flakes of probable Mesolithic date. The debitage pieces include two unworked bladelets (combined weight of 3.8 grams) and one flake (6.8 grams), which retains its bulb. All three pieces are made on the characteristic mottled blue-grey flint of the area, which has a milky outer coating. Two of the pieces, the larger bladelet and the flake, retain areas of cortex, both being secondary flakes. The smaller bladelet is made on a tertiary flake. Associated with BERK-CDE464 and BERK-CDE464.
Created on: Monday 18th January 2016
Last updated: Monday 18th January 2016
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Record ID: BERK-CDE464
Object type: CRESTED BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Berkshire
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Two complete flint 'crested blades' of Mesolithic date (10,000-4,000 BC). The smaller blade has a trace of cresting at its distal end. Both blades are heavily patinated white on their surfaces while internally the flint is a greyish-blue in colour, typical of flints from this area. Large blade: 60.7mm L x 18.3mm W x 7.7mm T. 8.2 grams. Smaller blade: 41.5mm L x 14.2mm W x 6.4mm T. 3.3 grams.
Created on: Monday 18th January 2016
Last updated: Monday 18th January 2016
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Record ID: BERK-E94884
Object type: CORE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Four bladelet cores dating to the Mesolithic period (c. 10,000-4,000 BC). Three out of the four cores appear complete; one has suffered post-depositional damage. The three complete examples all have flat platforms and multiple single direction bladelet removals. The cores are worked in such a way as to create a cone-shaped core. The removals are long and thin, producing bladelets that could be fashioned into other tools, such as microliths. Three out of the four cores, including the damaged one, have some element of cortex remaining. These objects are part of a larger collection fr…
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 12th January 2015
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Record ID: BERK-E92BCD
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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An unfinished flint scraper, probably dating from the Mesolithic to Neolithic period. The scraper is made on tertiary flake, and has little soft-hammer retouch on the dorsal distal end and lateral; it has been suggested that this is a tool in production, as the retouch is not finished. It is also possible that the flake was discarded or rejected during manufacture. The colour of the flint varies from a light to mottled grey-blue. These objects are part of a larger collection from what appears to be a multiphase site.
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2015
Last updated: Thursday 8th January 2015
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Record ID: BERK-E8EFBC
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A collection of three end-scrapers, dating to the Mesolithic period. Two of the scrapers are complete while a third is truncated. All three are made on secondary flakes and all have steep soft hammer retouching at the dorsal distal end. The colour of the flint varies from mottled blue-grey to brown. This style of scraper is usually associated with the Mesolithic period, dating from c. 10,000 - 4000 BC. These objects are part of a larger collection from what appears to be a multiphase site.
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2015
Last updated: Thursday 8th January 2015
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Record ID: BERK-E7B3F0
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A collection of 89 flint debitage pieces of varying size, shape and colour, dating from the Mesolithic to Neolithic period (c. 10,000 - 2350 BC). The collection consists of flakes and blade-like pieces and chunks, mostly undiagnostic but considering the rest of the assemblage probably of Mesolithic or Neolithic date. Most of the pieces are made on a blue-grey flint, some with white or grey patina. Cortex survives on about 10% of the pieces. These objects are part of a larger collection from what appears to be a multiphase site.
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2015
Last updated: Friday 8th January 2016
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Record ID: BERK-E7709B
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A collection of 48 flint debitage pieces (bladelet material) of varying size, shape and colour, dating from the Mesolithic to early Neolithic period (c. 10,000 - 3501 BC). The collection consists of mainly blade or bladelet shaped pieces and flakes with a few broken blades and small chips. Most of the bladelets have a triangular cross section. None are reworked. The flint material is generally a blue-grey with white or grey patina. Cortex survives on about 25% of the pieces. These objects are part of a larger collection from what appears to be a multiphase site.
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 12th January 2015
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Record ID: BERK-35BF20
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A flint microblade or microlith dating to the Mesolithic period (10,000-4001 BC). The microlith has been made on a mottled light bluish-grey flint with white calcification. All that survives in this example is the tip of the distal end.
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Friday 14th November 2014
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Record ID: BERK-35B408
Object type: MICROBURIN
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
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A flint microburin dating to the Mesolithic period (10,000-4001 BC). The microburin has been made on a mottled light bluish-grey flint with white calcification. A microburin is the waste formed when a notched blade is broken to form a geometric microlith. The notch is clearly visible on one lateral of the dorsal side.
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Friday 14th November 2014
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Record ID: BERK-359C51
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A collection of 25 pieces of debitage, probably dating to the Mesolithic period (10,000-4001 BC).
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Friday 14th November 2014
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Record ID: BERK-35959A
Object type: CORE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A collection of eleven (11) core fragments, dating to the Mesolithic period (10,000-4001 BC). All the fragments are damaged, possibly during use but also by more modern elements such as ploughing. They may be rejuvination flakes, when a core was re-worked to achieve a better tablet to work from.
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Friday 14th November 2014
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Record ID: BERK-35867C
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A collection debitage consisting of 24 bladelets dating to the Mesolithic period (10,000-4001 BC). They are in varying sizes and varying stages of preperation. They are broadly rectangular in plan with a trapezoidal cross section., although the less-fine examples have a triangular cross section. All of the bladelets are on a mottled blue-grey flint many with a white patina forming. Seceral examples are in the early stage of preperation, retaining a small area of cortex. The pieces vary in soze from 33.5mm long x 14.4mm wide down to 16.4mm long x 7.2mm wide.
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 15th January 2015
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