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Record ID: LANCUM-052D44
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic microlith barb of tertiary grey flint. Probably used as part of a composite arrow or barbed spear. There are removals to the entire surface. Almost all the retouch is pressure flaking from the ventral face and is short to semi-invasive, sub-parallel and semi-abrubt. The proximal end has been reduced, probably to aid in mounting. Dates to between c8000 and c4000 BC. Flint microliths of similar form have have been excavated at various sites throughout Britain, including Cherhill (Wiltshire) where they were dated to the early sixth millenium BC. Length 12mm, width 5mm, thickne…
Created on: Tuesday 14th June 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 17th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whalley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-DEBD4B
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Mesolithic tertiary black chert microlith. It is sub rectangular in plan & profile & triangular in section. The straight edges are formed by abrubt breaks. The cutting edge is the most curved edge and has short, sub parallel, abrubt retouch. It would have been set into wood, bone or antler as part of a composite tool. Dates to between c6500 and c4000 BC, most likely the first half of the period. Length 9.5mm, width 7mm, thickness 2mm, weight 0.19g
Created on: Thursday 19th May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 14th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whalley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-DEBC07
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Mesolithic to Early Neolithic tertiary black chert microlith - an end scraper & burin/gouge, formed on probable microlithic debitage. There are two definite burins/gouges at the distsal end and three projections with wear gloss that have some working and appear to have been used for a similar purpose. Short, sub parallel, abrubt retouch to the end formed into a scraper. This was originally the proximal end & is evidence of reuse. The scars left when the scraper was formed have a fresher patina than elsewhere on the artefact. The date of the intial phase of working is proba…
Created on: Thursday 19th May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 14th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whalley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-2E5876
Object type: CORE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Mesolithic to early Neolithic secondary honey flint multi platform core with some fine retouch. The presence of residual chalk on the cortex indicates the flint is derived from a 'mined' source. It also shows that the original nodule was imported into the area in its raw state with the cortex largely intact. The paucity of good quality flint in the area is probably why the core has been worked outward toward the cortex. In the case of this artefact it meant that flakes could continue be struck from a piece of flint that would been discarded in the core preparation stage in a more…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Pendle Ridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-8C7927
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Mesolithic translucent white quartz or quartzite scalene triangle, or micro-triangular, microlith, probably a barb. While it is largely the same in plan as a flint barb, it is twice as thick due the coarser crystaline structure of its raw material. There are removals to the entire surface and a dark silver grey inclusion on the centre of the dorsal side. The proximal end has been finished with a single removal. Retouch confined to the dorsal side and is covering, sub-parallel, and abrupt on one mesal, semi-abrupt on the other. The unusual choice of knapping stone, given the local…
Created on: Tuesday 6th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 17th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wentnor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A50C45
Object type: MICROLITH
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Mesolithic flint microlith made from a tertiary flake of pale grey near transparent flint. It is rectangular in plan. Both the proximal and distal end terminate where they have been snapped, leaving hinge fractures. Dorsal ridge runs parallel approximately 1mm from the edge, for the entire length of the microlith. The other mesal edge, 2mm from the ridge, has extremely fine short, parallel, abrupt retouch. Dating from c7000 to c4000 BC. The length is 5mm, width 3mm, thickness 0.5mm, and the weight is less than 0.1g.
Created on: Friday 25th April 2014
Last updated: Thursday 10th July 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lothersdale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-4F60E1
Object type: PERFORATED OBJECT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Mesolithic to mid Bronze Age quartzite perforated implement made by modifying a natural quartzite pebble by drilling an hour glass mounting hole. Often described as mace heads, partly due to similar objects being used as such in parts of Africa, the exact purpose of these perforated stones is unclear. However this one demonstrates wear on its point consistent with being used to strike a hard surface. It can therefore be supposed that this artefact may have fractured during use. Dates to between c10000 and c1000 BC. These objects are hard to date as perforated objects with hour glass h…
Created on: Monday 21st April 2014
Last updated: Thursday 5th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Burton-in-Kendal', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A794A6
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Secondary worked cream coloured chert, probably late Mesolithic to early Neolithic debitage or waste flake or possibly an implement abandoned during manufacture. Cortex has been retained on around 50% of the surface. Dates to between c7000 and c3500 BC The length is 18mm, width is 14mm, the weight is 2.88g.
Created on: Sunday 13th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sunbiggin Tarn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A79112
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tertiary worked mid honey to cream coloured chert, probably late Mesolithic to early Neolithic debitage or waste flake. Dates to between c7000 and c3500 BC The length is 22mm, width is 13mm, the weight is 1.45g.
Created on: Sunday 13th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sunbiggin Tarn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A79047
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tertiary worked mid honey coloured chert, probably late Mesolithic to early Neolithic debitage or possibly a multi platform core. There are removals to the entire surface. Dates to between c7000 and c3500 BC. The length is 19mm, width is 12mm, and the weight is 1.30g.
Created on: Sunday 13th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sunbiggin Tarn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A78FB4
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tertiary worked dark grey high quality chert, probably late Mesolithic to early Bronze Age debitage or possibly an implement abandoned during manufacture. There are removals to the entire surface. Dates to between c7000 and c1600 BC. The length is 41mm, width 26mm, and the weight is 13.45g.
Created on: Sunday 13th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sunbiggin Tarn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A78EC0
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Secondary worked black chert, probably late Mesolithic to early Neolithic debitage or multi platform core or possibly an implement abandoned during manufacture. Ventral & dorsal are impossible to distinguish but on one side there are four near parallel removals from the better quality chert and on the other side further intersecting scars that suggest this may once have been part of a core. Cortex has been retained on around 30% of the surface. Dates to between c7000 and c3500 BC.
Created on: Sunday 13th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sunbiggin Tarn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-2C9631
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic to early Neolithic tertiary flake of off white translucent quartz. Probably debitage but possibly a poorly made bladelet or microlith as there is retouch (short, sub-parallel, abrupt) along one mesal. It has been snapped off at the proximal end and the distal terminates in flawed stone. Dates to between c8000 and c3500 BC. The length is 10mm, width 5mm, and the weight is 0.11g.
Created on: Monday 7th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Asby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-2FD367
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Mesolithic to middle Neolithic dark caramel to grey flint scraper or sub triangular arrowhead, with extensive working, fabricated from a secondary flake. The fact that a ripple that provides lateral grip has been left in place suggests that it was used as a scraper. However, it may be a poorly executed ogival leaf shaped arrowhead. Dates from c7000 to c2701 BC. Length 20mm, width 17mm, thickness 3mm, weight 1.1g.
Created on: Friday 13th September 2013
Last updated: Sunday 11th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winterborne St. Martin', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-DCC841
Object type: CORE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Calderdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mid to late Mesolithic cream flint microlith core. Dates to between c8000 and c4000 BC. Height 16mm, width 19mm, thickness 12mm, weight 4.1g.
Created on: Wednesday 28th August 2013
Last updated: Saturday 15th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Widdop', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-DCC544
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Calderdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mid Mesolithic to early Neolithic worked flint tool, fabricated from secondary flake, probably an end scraper. The flint is a dark honey colour with a white patination on the dorsal face & retaining some cortex on the dorsal ridge. This indicates that the tool was struck from an old core. Dates to between c7000 to c3500 BC. Length 19mm, width 14mm, thickness 5mm, weight 1.4g.
Created on: Wednesday 28th August 2013
Last updated: Friday 14th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Widdop', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-DCC454
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Calderdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mid Mesolithic to early Neolithic worked white flint debitage that has been heat effected. Dates to between c7000 to c3500 BC. Length 26mm, width 10mm, thickness 6mm, weight 1.5g.
Created on: Wednesday 28th August 2013
Last updated: Friday 14th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Widdop', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-DCC345
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Calderdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Mesolithic to early Neolithic honey colour flint end scraper fabricated from a tertiary flake. There has been extensive reworking to and near the distal end. There has also been working to reduce the heights of the dorsal ridge and the bulb of percusssion. Dates to between c6000 to c3500 BC. Length 20mm, width 13mm, thickness 5mm, weight 1.5g.
Created on: Wednesday 28th August 2013
Last updated: Friday 14th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Widdop', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-DCC1A0
Object type: BURIN
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Calderdale
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic worked honey/brown flint blade, with distal burin, from a secondary core flake. There has been a somewhat scrappy reduction to the height of the dorsal ridge. The cortex that remains on the dorsal indicates that the original nodule was awkwardly formed and this may account for the untidy working. Dates to between c10000 and c4000 BC. Length 28mm, width 10mm, thickness 6mm, weight 1.5g.
Created on: Wednesday 28th August 2013
Last updated: Monday 9th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Widdop', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-89BA54
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mesolithic flint end scraper. Fabricated from a secondary flake, it has a patinated white exterior with mid grey core. It has been knapped to produce an end scraper and side scraper and/or knife, both with worn retouches. The dorsal has a percentage of retained cortex that would aid with grip and applying pressure when utilising the tool as a knife. Dates from c10000 to c4001 BC. Length 29mm, width 16mm, thickness 4.5mm, weight 3.4g.
Created on: Saturday 24th August 2013
Last updated: Monday 28th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Abbotsbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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