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    • Broad period: MESOLITHIC
    • Created by: Anni Byard
    • County: West Berkshire

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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
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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-BABE56
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: West Berkshire
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A small Mesolithic bladelet or microlith, dating from c. 8000 - 4000 BC. The microlith does not show any retouching.
Created on: Wednesday 16th February 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 16th February 2011
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