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    • Broad period: NEOLITHIC
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Record ID: CORN-DA306D
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
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A flint axe dating from the Neolithic period, an elongated oval in plan, and lozenge-shaped in profile and section. Made on a flint nodule which has been flaked on both sides to produce the shape of the axe: a series of regular, large flake scars is visible along both margins and on both faces. The resulting tool is thin at the edges, with a thick ridge along the medial line on both faces and two narrow, curved ends. All of the cortex has been removed by this process. The principal cutting end, or blade, is wider than the butt which is also thin enough to have also been used for cuttin…
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th April 2018
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Record ID: CORN-C9B83D
Object type: TRANSVERSE ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
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Flint transverse arrowhead, chisel type, triangular in plan, and rhomboidal in profile and in section. The proximal end has had a 'tranchet' flake removed from the dorsal face to create a bevelled edge on this, the longest side of the triangle. The proximal end has been retouched on the left side with three punches. The two margins of the dorsal face have had their entire edge retouched to make it more serrated. On the ventral face at the distal end, there are three fractures emanating from the edge where it has been snapped off. This distal end is the base of the arrowhead, where it w…
Created on: Sunday 22nd April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th April 2018
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Record ID: CORN-7133D3
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete polished chert Neolithic axehead, trapezoidal in plan, and lozenge-shaped in profile and section. According to Implement Petrology classifications: the face shape is virtually a symmetrical ovate (Class FS01), a medium symmetrical in profile (P02) and a pointed oval (CS13) in cross section. The blade section is symmetrical (BS10), the cutting edge curved, symmetrical (ES04), and the butt rounded in plan and pointed in profile (BU10). All surfaces have been ground and polished from a flaked roughout. At the butt end on the ventral face are two medium-sized flake scars which …
Created on: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 31st January 2018
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Record ID: CORN-9DAB91
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
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A chert semi-circular scraper, sub-oval in plan and plano-convex in section and in profile. Made on a primary flake of greensand chert, derived from a Devon beach pebble, with a thick layer of coarse cortex remaining on most of the dorsal face. No striking platform was formed prior to the striking of the original pebble directly on its corticated surface. A very small bulb of percussion is visible at the proximal end of the otherwise flat ventral face. The distal end of the dorsal face has been retouched by the removal of a series of around 10 very steep pressure flakes, exposing the …
Created on: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
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Record ID: CORN-9DA23C
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
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A flint serrated blade, crescent-shaped in plan, plano-convex in profile and triangular in section. Made on a tertiary conchoidal flake of fine-textured, unpatinated pale brown flint with no cortex remaining. A very small area of the striking platform remains at the proximal end and conchoidal ripples are clearly visible along the full length of the ventral face terminating in a hinge fracture at the distal end. The dorsal face bears the scars of removal of several earlier flakes and has been thinned at the proximal end by the removal of 4 or 5 shallow, longitudinal flakes, and retouc…
Created on: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
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Record ID: CORN-9D8931
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint knife, rectangular in plan, rhomboidal in profile and triangular in section. Made on a tertiary flake of fine-textured, unpatinated black flint with no cortex remaining. A small area of the striking platform remains together with a distinct bulb of percussion and bulbar scar on the ventral face. Faint conchoidal ripples are visible along the full length of the ventral face, terminating in a hinge fracture at the distal end. The dorsal face bears the scars of removal of several earlier flakes and the proximal end has been blunted by the removal of several pressure flakes around…
Created on: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
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Record ID: CORN-0400CB
Object type: CORE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint single-platform core, trapezoidal in profile and in plan, 37 mm long, 25.5 mm wide and 14.5 mm in thickness, weighing 18.6 g. At least five shallow flakes have been carefully removed from one face, the opposite face is untouched and retains a large patch pf the cortex of the original local beach pebble. The surface of the flint is medium grey in colour, mottled with small patches of paler and darker flint. Bond (2004) illustrates a similar example on page 138, fig.5.125, no.F8 from the early Neolithic enclosure at Broome Heath, Norfolk.
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-03F3C8
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint disc scraper, plano-convex in plan, profile and in section, 21.5 mm long, 19 mm wide, 8.5 mm thick and 4.7 g in weight. Made on a secondary flake with a small area of cortex remaining at the centre of the dorsal face. The striking platform is visible at the proximal end and a pronounced bulb of percussion on the ventral face. The curved right margin of the dorsal face, which extends to the distal end, has been carefully retouched with a series of shallow pressure flakes ('invasive retouch'). This has removed all traces of cortex around the margin, resulting in a curved scraper…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-03F04E
Object type: END SCRAPER
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
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A flint end scraper and blade, 41.5 mm long, 22 mm maximum width, 5 mm thick and 5.9 g in weight. Made on a tertiary flake, sub-triangular in plan, an elongated rectangle in profile and plano-convex in section. The remnant of the striking platform is visible at the proximal end with a small bulb of percussion and radiating conchoidal ripples on the ventral face. The distal end has been sharpened by the removal of 5 or 6 steep pressure flakes to produce a scraper edge. A flake has been removed from the right margin of the dorsal face to produce a notch close to the distal end and the l…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-03E199
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint combination tool of a double-ended scraper and a knife, 42 mm long, 26.5 mm maximum width, 8 mm thick and 10.5 g in weight. Made on a tertiary flake, trapezoidal in plan, rectangular in profile and plano-convex in section. The dorsal face bears the scars of removal of four earlier, longitudinal flakes; the ventral surface is slightly concave. The narrower, proximal end has been sharpened by the removal of six or seven small, vertical flakes which have removed all traces of the striking platform and bulb of percussion. The distal end has been similarly sharpened by the removal …
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-03D582
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint semi-circular scraper, circular in plan, plano-convex in profile and in section, and 44.5 mm long, 38 mm wide, 12 mm thick and 26.65 g in weight. When viewed from the dorsal side the left margin retains the original layer of cortex, to make purchase of the tool easier. Traces of the bulb of percussion are visible on the ventral face although the striking platform has been lost through later removal of the proximal end. The distal and right margin of the dorsal face has been retouched by the removal of numerous small pressure flakes, producing a scraper edge. The flint is unpa…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-03C675
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A flint crested blade, parallel-sided in plan, with a point at each end, plano-convex in profile and triangular in section, 69 mm long, 18.5 mm wide and 11 mm thick and 13 g in weight. A minute remnant of the striking platform remains at the proximal end and a faint bulb of percussion on the concave ventral face. The flint is pale grey with mottling of white and darker grey and a patch of sand-coloured patination at the distal end. No cortex remains, but the flint was likely derived from a local beach pebble. There are several flake scars from earlier removals at the distal end of the …
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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Record ID: CORN-2E86A1
Object type: BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint barbed and tanged arrowhead. Triangular in plan, plano-convex in profile and in section. Made on a secondary flake of fine-textured, medium-brown flint with a small patch of cortex remaining on the dorsal face. A series of conchoidal ripples are clearly visible at the distal end of the ventral face although the striking platform and bulb of percussion and have been lost by the deliberate snapping off of the proximal end of the flake, to produce the desired triangular shape. This complete edge and the adjacent distal edge have then been blunted from the dorsal face by the remov…
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th July 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2E747C
Object type: LEAF ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint leaf-shaped arrowhead. Oval in plan, plano-convex in profile and in section. Made on a tertiary flake of dark grey fine-textured translucent nodular flint, with no cortex remaining. A series of conchoidal ripples are clearly visible at the distal end of the ventral face although at the proximal end both the striking platform and the bulb of percussion have been removed by the removal of several small flakes. The pointed tip of the arrowhead has broken off from the distal end. The dorsal face of bears the scars of removal of two earlier flakes. Both lateral margins of the dorsa…
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th July 2017
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Record ID: CORN-FF6822
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Group I type greenstone axe head, ovate in plan, lozenge-shaped in profile, and round at the butt end and oval at the blade end in cross section. The cutting edge is asymmetrically curved and the butt end is pointed. All surfaces would have originally been pecked and ground but the majority of the axe is now deeply pitted due to weathering with polishing only remaining on the butt and blade end, on both faces, but more remains on the dorsal face of the blade. The deeply pecked face is marked by lighter areas of abrasion which have been caused by later damage, and there are some patc…
Created on: Tuesday 13th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
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Record ID: CORN-6871F8
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A small Group I type greenstone axe head, ovate in plan, lozenge-shaped in profile and oval in cross section. The cutting edge is asymmetrically curved and the butt is faceted. All surfaces have been ground; the edges are slightly pitted due to weathering but traces of polishing remain on both faces, especially at the blade end. There is a circular area of deep pecking on one face, approximately 22 mm in diameter and on the opposite face are slight traces of pecking, suggesting that the tool was perhaps re-used for hammering or as a small mortar. The deeply pecked face is marked by sev…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
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Record ID: CORN-54224A
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint edge-trimmed flake, sub-oval in plan, plano-convex in profile and triangular in section. The dorsal face bears the scars of the removal of at least three thin, earlier, longitudinal flakes or blades, leaving a small area of cortex at the distal end. The careful removal of these earlier flakes suggests the production of small blades and tools. A secondary flake of coarse, mottled grey-brown flint which has been derived from a local beach pebble. Mercer (1981) illustrates similar edge-trimmed flakes excavated from Carn Brea in Cornwall on page 129, fig.56, nos.L100 & L107, whic…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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Record ID: CORN-541C07
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint knife, sub-triangular in plan, lozenge-shaped in profile and in section. The large area of cortex remaining on the dorsal face has been thinned by the removal of a large, thin flake which has not penetrated to the interior flint. The striking platform is clearly visible at the proximal end with a pronounced bulb of percussion on the adjacent ventral face. The left margin has been thinned on the dorsal face, removing the cortex with numerous shallow pressure flakes to produces a cutting edge. The opposing right margin has been damaged at a later date, but at the undamaged distal …
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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Record ID: CORN-5414D2
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint backed knife, triangular in plan and plano-convex in section and in profile. The striking platform is clearly visible at the proximal end of the knife, with a pronounced bulb of percussion on the adjacent, ventral face. The tool is made on a secondary flake of mottled light grey local beach flint with a patch of cortex remaining along the right margin of the dorsal face. Beyond the edge of the cortex, this right margin has been retouched to blunt or 'back' the knife in order to make it easier to haft in a handle. The opposing left margin of the dorsal face has been thinned by th…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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Record ID: CORN-540D2C
Object type: AWL
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint awl or piercer, 'tear-drop' shaped in plan, and plano-convex in both profile and section. The implement has been steeply retouched along its entire perimeter of the dorsal face resulting in a dual-purpose tool with an awl at the narrow proximal end and a scraper at the wider distal end. Made on a secondary flake of dark grey-brown flint, with a small patch of cortex remaining on its dorsal face, which is likely to be derived from imported flint, perhaps from Beer Head in Devon where this colour and translucency is common. The tool is sharp-edged and unbroken. Bond (2004) illu…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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