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Record ID: HESH-87FA11
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
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Incomplete segment of a snapped flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. It measures 24.7mm length, 16.4mm width, is 6.3mm (max) thick and weighs 2.23 grams. The flint blade probably consists of the upper and central part of the blade and a trimmed bulb of percussion can be seen on the reverse face. The lower part of the blade has been snapped and trimmed or reworked. The two long vertical sides of the blade have received relatively little retouched. The densest area of retouch is at t…
Created on: Monday 14th November 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HESH-87DD45
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Small piece of flint debitage (chunk or chip) probably dating from the Neolithic period 3500 - 2100 BC). The piece of flint is irregular in plan and profile and exhibits several areas of working. However, this work does not comprise of any tool type and probably represent waste from tool production. The flint itself is a poor quality with several flaws and also a hinge fracture. This type of flint is common to the Shropshire / Welsh Marches area where flint deposits are either glacial or riverine. The flint measures 15.8mm length, 12.7mm width, is 10.6mm thick and weighs 2.78 grams.
Created on: Monday 14th November 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HESH-87ED11
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint scraper of probable Neolithic date (3500 - 2100 BC). The flake is irregular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The flake measures 48.8mm length, 37.9mm width, is 12.3mm thick and weighs 22 grams. The bulb of percussion on the reverse of the flake is complete and there is evidence of a number of hinge fractures on the opposite (front) surface. It is likely that this flake was a by-product (or waste flake / debitage) of tool making as there is a small amount of cortex (rough outer skin of the flint nodule) on the artefact. This area cortex covers less than 15% of the tota…
Created on: Monday 14th November 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: LVPL-A2AD92
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint scraper or blade from the end of the Mesolithic period. The scraper is hexagonal in plan. The two long sides both look to have some retouching. The dorsal face has had 3 flakes taken off, the centre is flat with sloping sides. The ventral face shows the conchoidal ripples caused by striking the flake from its core. The top end appears broken which would suggest a function as a blade rather than a scraper. At the bottom the end has been retouched, to make it flatter, there is no clear striking platform. The flint is a brown colour all over. This flint was seen by Peter Reavill…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HESH-2FA218
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6000BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is broadly sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is present on the reverse (ventral face) of the blade. The striking platform is also present and the edges have been trimmed by retouch. The front face of the blade (dorsal face) has a number of clear facets and ridges. There is an area of relative recent damage on one edge. There are several small areas of retouch present on the long edges; this is haphazard and has been partially distorted by hinge fr…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: HESH-2FAA15
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Snapped end of a chert blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6000BC - 3500BC). The microlith tool is broadly sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The chert is very poor quality and flaking has been difficult to achieve. There is no evidence of retouch, cortex or striking platform / bulb of percussion. The chert is a mid mottled grey colour with a number of flaws in the matrix. It has also been abraded in the ploughsoil. The source of chert is difficult to ascertain. The blade measures 17.3mm length, 13.5 mm width, is 6.2mm thick and weighs 1.16 grams.
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: HESH-301AF5
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete snapped flint blade of probable Mesolithic date (6000BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is broadly sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The flint is relatively coarse and may be chert rather than true flint. The bulb of percussion and striking platform are lost. The front face of the blade (dorsal face) has a number of clear facets and ridges. There is an area of relative recent damage on the lower edge and base. It is difficult to assess retouch as the blade has been rolled in the ploughsoil and any retouch has been masked by modern hinge fractures. There…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: HESH-302277
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Reworked debitage flake of probable Neolithic date (3500BC - 2100BC). The tool has been reworked from a piece of tertiary debitage. It is broadly sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The flint is relatively coarse and may be chert rather than true flint. The bulb of percussion and striking platform are lost. The front face of the blade (dorsal face) has a number of clear facets and ridges. The edges of one face of the flake have been modified by retouch. These consist of a series of small notches which have created a series of small projections. The presumed us…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: HESH-302FA3
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Four irregular flakes of primary debitage of probably Neolithic date (3500-2100 BC). These pieces of flint have been deliberately removed from outer faces of small pebbles / nodules of flint to prepare it for further work and tool production. The debitage has a combined weight of 47.43 grams
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: HESH-80F976
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment from a heavily retouched tool probably a scraper or possibly a knife blade of later Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date (2900 -2000 BC). The flaked tool was created from a large piece of black coloured chert. Chert is a very similar rock to flint, in that it is silica based and flakes in a controlled manner. However, chert has a courser material matrix than flint and more skill is needed to knap it successfully. This fragment (approximately 10% of the original artefact is represented here) has been deliberately smashed with a large amount of force. This has meant that many of t…
Created on: Thursday 5th June 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HESH-15ABD3
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower segment of snapped flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and broadly sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is missing. The two long sides and the lower end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The majority of this is reworking has been applied to the under side of the blade. The retouch is most extensive on the right hand edge, where there is a higher density of flake scars. There is no evidence of cortex on any part of the blade; this suggests that the flake was produced during the late…
Created on: Wednesday 20th September 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HESH-1651B5
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint waste flake / debitage which has been utilised as a scraper probably dating from the earlier phases of the Neolithic (3500 - 2900 BC). The flake is broadly sub-rectangular in plan and sub triangular in cross section. It is broadly similar to a thick blade (typically of late Mesolithic date) but seems to have been struck from the long side rather than either the top or bottom. This would suggest that this is a relatively large trimming flake. If this is the case then as there is no evidence of cortex on the faces then this would come form the final tertiary phase of tool productio…
Created on: Wednesday 20th September 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HESH-182704
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is complete but trimmed. The two long sides and the lower end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The retouch is most extensive on the right hand edge, where there is a higher density of flake scars. On the inner face of the flake is an area of either cortex or possibly a natural flaw like inclusion in the flint. This suggests that the flake was produced during the early life of the core or that it is fro…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-182F50
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower segment of a snapped flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is not present however the initial ripples caused by the striking of the blade are clear on the reverse of the flake. The upper end of the blade has been snapped and this edge has been trimmed / reworked. The two long sides and the lower end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The retouch is most extensive on the right hand edge, where there is a higher density of flake scars. This can a…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-183896
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is complete; however the top part of the blade has been extensively trimmed. The two long sides and the lower end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The retouch is most extensive on the left hand edge, where there is a higher density of flake scars. The base of the blade has also been heavily reworked with a number of small regular neat and evenly spaced scars. The flint is a mid grey colour and has been…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-183E85
Object type: CORE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint ‘pyramid’ core for the production of microliths dating from the later Mesolithic period (6500 – 3500 BC). The core is formed from a very small nodule (probably a river pebble) with approximately 15% of the surface area being covered by a mid yellow cream coloured cortex. The shape of the core is pyramidal with a clearly defined flat striking platform. Below this platform, around the side of the core are a series of twenty or so distinct vertical, parallel sided, narrow scars or facets. This is evidence of bladelets or microliths being struck from the core. There is also evi…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-184CB2
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is complete; however the top part of the blade has been trimmed. The two long sides and the lower end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The flint is a mid grey colour and has been heavily abraded in the ploughsoil. The blade measures 51.1mm length, 16.4 mm width, is 6.5mm thick and weighs 7.37 grams. Flint tools from Shropshire are relatively rare compared to other areas of the country. This flint is…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-185431
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is complete but trimmed. The two long sides and the lower end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The retouch is most extensive on the left hand edge, where there is a higher density of flake scars. The flint is a mid grey colour and has been slightly abraded in the ploughsoil. The blade measures 37.3mm length, 11.6mm width, is 5.5mm thick and weighs 2.15 grams. Flint tools from Shropshire are relative…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-185A60
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Upper segment of a snapped flint blade of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in cross section. The bulb of percussion is present on the reverse but has been extensively trimmed. The two long sides and the lower snapped end of the blade have been retouched / reworked. The retouch is most extensive on the left and right hand edges, where there is a higher density of small regular pressure flaked scars. The upper surface of the blade has also been retouched with series of regular pressure / ripple flakes. This form…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-187160
Object type: AWL
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lower segment of a snapped flint blade worked into a borer or awl of probable late Mesolithic date (6500BC - 3500BC). The flint tool is sub-triangular in plan and in cross section. The bulb of percussion is not present however the initial ripples caused by the striking of the blade are clear on the reverse of the flake. The upper end of the blade has been snapped and this edge has been trimmed / reworked. The two tapering long sides have been reworked, especially in the lower 1/3 of the blade where it comes to a blunt point. The retouch is most extensive on the left hand edge, where th…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wem', grid reference and parish protected.


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