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Record ID: SOM-F359D1
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
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A Neolithic flint axehead, possibly an unfinished roughout, probably dating to c. 4000-2400 BC. The axe has a convex curved blade which is the widest point, from this it tapers evenly in width to the rounded butt. The axe is pointed oval in cross section across the width and broadly so along the length wih the thickest point slghtly closer to the blade than the butt. The blade is broadly C-shaped with a large notch from damage towards one end and several other chips removed by damage on one face. The axe has no evidence of polishing and there is little fine working at the blade althoug…
Created on: Thursday 12th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
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Record ID: SOM-1382F5
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
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A single blade-like flake of flint debitage of uncertain date, probably Neolithic to Bronze Age. A secondary flake of mid-brown to grey flint, with c. 33% of the dorsal face retaining cortex at the distal end. It is sub-triangular in cross-section and broadly sub-rectangular in plan, with roughly parallel sides but which converge at the proximal and distal ends. It has a small bulb of percussion surviving a the distal end, lacking a scar, from which radiate relatively shallow conchoidal ripples. The striking platform has survived at the proximal end, with some potential evidence for p…
Created on: Thursday 8th March 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th March 2018
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Record ID: SOM-8C02DD
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete flint debitage blade of probable later Mesolithic or Neolithic date, c. 6500-2400 BC. The surviving fragment is a tertiary blade of a heavily patinated pale grey flint, missing both the proximal and distal ends and with one of these breaks unpatinated. Three parallel negative removal scars run longitudinally down the dorsal face, there is no evidence of retouch. Dimensions: length 20.4mm; width 11.6mm; thickness 2.2mm; weight 0.72g. It is difficult to date lone flakes with confidence, however the neat blade technology visible on this fragment would be characteristi…
Created on: Wednesday 24th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-9863A4
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two chert blades both with clear bulbs of percussion on the ventral face and scars from previous parallel removals from the same platform on the dorsal face. Both have very chipped edges obscuring any retouch. One is a orange chert, heavily repatinated, the other a mid brown. They weigh 12.48g in total. The blade like shape and repeat parallel removals may suggest a Mesolithic- Neolithic date.
Created on: Monday 13th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-8DEE48
Object type: RETOUCHED FLAKE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
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Distal end of a retouched flint flake or blade or probably Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date. The piece has snapped off a larger, but thin, flake or blade with the proximal end lost. The remaining scars on the dorsal face, and the percussion ripples on the ventral face suggets the piece was removed from a core worked in at least two directions at right angles to each other. The entire original edge has been retouched with short, parallel, semi-abrupt retouch becoming longer towards the ends of the remaining edge. It was possibly originaly part of a scraper but too little remains to b…
Created on: Sunday 12th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-319ED5
Object type: LEAF ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Neolithic flint large leaf shaped arrowhead or spearhead, probably dating to c. AD 4000-2400. Worked from a tertiary flake of translucent grey/brown flint. The arrowhead is triangular in plan and largley flat in corss section, with the proximal end of the flake situated in the lower right corner of the arrowhead. Two large flake-like removals survive on the dorsal face, both with very pronounced ripple marks. Short, semi-abrubt, scalar retouch extends from the base to the point on both mesal edges of the dorsal face. The ventral face is largely unworked, with some possible short, lo…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-311801
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A heat damaged fragment of a Neolithic polished flint axehead, probably dating to c. 4000-2400. The surviving fragment is sub-trapezoidal in plan and, although now slightly irregular, was liekly originally pointed oval in cross section. At both ends it temrinates in an irregualr break showing clear evidence of heat-fracturing. Clear striations from polishing survive on both faces of the axehead, cut by a number of small removals which appear to relate to damage rather than reuse or adaption of the tool. The flint varies in colour from translucent glassy brown to an opaque pale grey. …
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-30C343
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Late Neolithic flint oblique arrowhead, probably dating to c. 3300-2400 BC. Worked from a tertiary flake of opaque white/grey flint. The arrowhead is sub-triangular in plan with a broken, truncated point. Both edges are straight and with one edge continuing past the base to form a sub-trapezoidal barb. The base is indented. The ventral face of the arrowhead features invasive, low angle, scalar retouch down its left side and continuing along the base and inside of the barb. On the dorsal face the retouch is far less extensive, limited to long, semi-abarupt, scalar retouch…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 19th February 2018
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Record ID: SOM-3098D5
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Neolithic flint oblique arrowhead, probably dating to c. 3300-2400 BC. Worked from a tertiary flake of opaque pink/brown flint. The arrowhead is rounded sub-triangular in plan, with an indented base and one convex edge which curves down beyond the base of the arrowhed to form a barb. On the oposite corner of the base retouch has removed the bulb of prcussion, and creates a second, less well defined barb. The base of the arrowhead features short, abrupt scaler retouch on the dorsal face, similar semi-abrupt retouch is present on the convex edge, where it is present on both faces…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-305999
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Neolithic flint oblique arrowhead, probably dating to c. 3300-2400 BC. Worked from a tertiary flake of opaque biege flint with cloudy white patination. The arrowhead is sub-triangular in plan, tapering to an exagerated point and with one convex edge which curves down beyond the base of the arrowhed to form a well-defined barb. The base of the arrowhead has been worked into a relatively large, V-shaped indentation. The base and back of the arrowhead feature short, semi-abrupt, scalar retouch on both faces, the retouch to the convex edge is similar in character but far finer, and…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-3021F3
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Neolithic flint oblique arrowhead, probably dating to c. 3300-2400 BC. Worked from a tertiary flake of opaque pale biege/grey flint. The arrowhead is sub-triangular in plan, with one convex edge which curves down beyond the base of the arrowhed to form a well-defined barb. All edges of the flake are covered in short, semi-abrupt retouch, varying from sub-parallel to scalar and with the retouch at the base being slightly more intrusive, although still short. Dimensions: length 31.7mm; width 24.4mm; thickness 3.3mm; weight 1.86g
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-2FC16B
Object type: FABRICATOR
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete probable Neolithic flint tool, probably a fabricator or possibly a knife, probably dating to AD 4000-2400. A tertiary blade of opaque grey/brown flint speckled with pale grey inclusions. The distal end has been lost to a natural, although not necessarily recent break, and with retouch at the proximal end removing the striking platform and bulb of percussion. The blade is sub-rectangular in plan, with the proximal end rounded and sub-trapezoidal in cross section. Removal scars from at least two different directions survive on the dorsal face (one struck at 45 degrees to th…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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Record ID: SOM-C05873
Object type: BURNT FLINT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a core which has part of the prepared platform and scars from repeated parallel removals of blades / flakes form it. The sides, distal end and ventral face are all broken with irregular breaks, made angular due to the burnt surface and with no bulb of percussion visible. The surface is white with angular crack marks. The piece is 35.9mm wide, 27.2mm long, 8.8mm thick and weighs 6.92 grams. The working style and associated material may suggest a Neolithic date.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-BFF8D3
Object type: RETOUCHED FLAKE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two thin blades or flakes that have areas of extensive retouch. Both appear incomplete and may be pieces that were abandoned part way though working. One is a large flake or blade with a snap at the distal end, part of the corner of which has been retouched on the ventral face with shallow, short scalar retouch. There is also long to invasive, scalar shallow retouch on both faces aross the proximal end and the original proximal end with the bulb of percussion has been removed. This invasive, shallow, scalar retouch continues down one edge on the dorsal face. The style of retouch is…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-B041E3
Object type: RETOUCHED FLAKE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a larger tertiary flake with retouch around two adjacent edges and the corner between them. The flake is missing the proximal end and this appears to be a snapped break with short scalar abrupt retouch across it from the ventral side becoming semi-abrupt around the corner and down the adjacent edge where there is also short scalar semi-abrupt retouch on the ventral face worked from the dorsal side. The distal end also appears broken with hinged removal from the distal end, given the thinness and size of the ripples, possible an accidental snap or chip. On the remaining sec…
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-B00294
Object type: CORE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a larger core with damage on the ventral fance and proximal end. On the dorsal face scars from multiple previous parallel removals, small and large, suggest there was a prepared platform at the proximal end, now missing. The break on the ventral face has started in the centre and therefore appears to be accidental or frost damaged. There is an area of cortex at the distal end covering c. 20% of the surface. The entire piece is 58.7mm by 52.5mm by 19.1mm thick and weighs 49.33g. Given the other material found in proximity it is likely to be Neolithic.
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-AFD724
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A collection of fifteen pieces of probably Neolithic debitage (c. 4000-2350 BC) in the form of flakes, blades and fragments of blades. Five of the pieces are secondary flakes, retaining less than 10% of their cortex; the remaining flakes are tertiary retaining no cortex. They vary in shape and size but there are several neat blades and fragments of blades.There is evidence of parallel removals off prepared platforms even on the less blade like pieces. Apart from the snapped pieces they all have clear, if small, bubs of percussion. The flint ranges in clour from a dark grey with…
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-AEB0F4
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A retouched flake in the form of a side and end scraper of probable Neolithic date (c. 4000 - 2350 BC). The piece is oval in shape and has been struck off a tertiary flake as no cortex remains. The bulb of percussion has been removed on the ventral face by retouch. The convex dorsal surface, has two negative flake scars from previous removals which were struck from the same direction as this flake. There is long semi-parallel semi-abrupt retouch down both sides and the proximal end on the dorsal face becoming more abrupt at the proximal end and shorter and more scalar towards the di…
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Monday 21st August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-AE327D
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A retouched flake in the form of an end scraper of probable Neolithic date (c. 4000 - 2350 BC). The piece is broadly oval in shape with a straight top edge by the striking platform. It has a convex dorsal face, and has been struck off a tertriary flake as no cortex remains. The ventral surface has a prominent bulb of percussion and closely spaced well defined conchoidal ripple marks. The dorsal surface, has two negative flake scars from previous removal, all of which have been struck from the prepared platform at one end. There is long parallel semi-abrupt retouch at the distal end …
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Monday 21st August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-2C61BA
Object type: BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Knapped flint barbed and tanged arrowhead dating from the Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age (c. 2700 BC - c.1600 BC). The arrowhead is bifacially worked and sub-triangular in plan with slightly convex sides and a small chip at the point. There are two round ended notches in the base, flanking the central tang with a barb at either side. The tang is wider and longer than the barbs and has a square, probably broken end. One barb appears complete with working on both faces right down to the tip but is unusually small, the other is missing entirely from an angled break. The arrowhead has…
Created on: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Last updated: Monday 21st August 2017
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