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Record ID: SF-C4FD31
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete knapped flint flake of probable later Mesolithic to Neolithic date, c. 6000-3500 BC. Struck from a core of tan-coloured unpatinaed flint, it demonstrates a plain lenticular platform with a prominent lipped bulb of percussion inferring hard hammer detachment. On its dorsal face are two blade-like negatives, while there is some minor edge damage towards its distal end. Preserved in fresh condition, it measures 37.48mm long, 20.10mm at its widest point, and 4.51mm thick at its midpoint. It weighs 4.69g.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sudbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-C33616
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
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Unpatinated arrowhead of mottled dark grey flint, made from a tertiary semi-hard hammer struck flake, with invasive pressure flake scars to both faces, the piece is damaged at the tip of the point. This arrowhead is of unusual form, the main body being ogival in plan form, and having a prominent tang, but with the barbs merely "stepped" in from the sides rather than invasively notched from the base. Likely to be of Green, S. (1980) Sutton type A. Early Bronze Age: 2350 to 1700 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C2FBC6
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tertiary, hard hammer struck flake of pale, mottled grey patination with some recent damage (including the loss of one rear corner) revealing the orgional dark grey flint beneath. One edge is steeply retouched by pressure flaking to form a continious platform for invasive flaking on the opposite face, the other edge is bifacially, and semi-invasively pressure flaked. Given the triangular plan form and the initial passes of pressure flaking, it is likely that this piece is an unfinished barbed and tanged arrowhead, Early Bronze Age: 2350 to 1700 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C2C8A8
Object type: AXE
Broad period: MESOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Thin butted axe or adze of dark grey flint with faint, pale grey patination to one face and red/brown streaks within the flint. The tip of the butt is broken transversely in antiquity and just below this there is a slight thermal flaw in the flint that was present at the time of manufacture, also there is recent damage to the cutting edge and one side. As the cutting edge is sharpened by a tranchet flake remaval, this axe/adze is likely to date from the Mesolithic period: 10,000 to 4,000 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C28689
Object type: PLANO CONVEX KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Plano-convex flint knife, made from a primary blade-like flake of good quality unpatinated semi-translucent grey flint, the dorsal face is almost covered with invasive pressure flake scars and only a small patch of cortex remains to the central part of the dorsal face near the proximal end. The distal end appears to be recently damaged on one edge. See Clarke, J.G.D. (1932a) for discussion on the dating and associated finds.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C264DD
Object type: FABRICATOR
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Secondary hard hammer struck blade-like flake with a patch of thick cortex extant to the distal end on the dorsal face, of unpatinated slightly mottled grey flint with steep retouch to all edges forming an elongated sub-ovoid plan and a plano-convex section. The distal end is worn and rounded from abrasion. Such tools are referred to as "fabricators" and their function was obscure. It is now known that it is likely that these were used to strike against a split nodule of Marcasite (a type of Iron Pyrite) to produce sparks to light fires. 83 x 29 x 12 mm. This example is likely to be of…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C1AC53
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Only two scrapers have been recovered, both are quite large: Tertiary hard hammer struck ovoid flake of lightly patinated mottled grey flint with some small areas of spotty iron staining to both faces, steep retouch to the dorsal lateral edges and one end forming the scraping edge, the bulb of percussion on the ventral face has been removed by a single hard hammer blow from the dorsal edge. 86 x 51.5 x 17 mm. Tertiary hard hammer struck flake of dark and mid-grey flint with a pale coarse inclusion and a brown marine fossil to the ventral face. Steep retouch to the distal end to form th…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C186C2
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
3 larger tertiary blades are present, and are described thus: One complete tertiary semi-soft hammer struck crested blade, of mottled light and mid grey patination with a small recent chip to the distal end revealing the dark grey original colour of the flint. 68 x 24 x 13 mm. One incomplete mid-section of a tertiary crested blade, of paler, almost white patinated flint with the recent breaks showing the original dark grey colour. This blade soft hammer struck from an opposed platform core, two of the flake scars on the dorsal face are 180 degrees to each other. 70 x 23 x 7 mm. One inc…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C170FB
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
29 small light grey patinated blades and blade-like flakes, mostly semi-hard hammer struck with a small bulb of percussion and no bulbar scars, some baring transverse breaks, seven are recent breaks with the original mid-grey colour of the flint showing. It is tempting to date these to the Mesolithic period, although there is no evidence of manufacture of microliths and a lack of soft hammer percussion so a possible date of Early Neolithic is likely.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-C15737
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Large surface collection of lithics from area centred TM052898, approx. 130 hard hammer struck and largely unretouched flakes and simple flake tools of mostly unpatinated mottled grey and dark grey flint. Approx. 32 blade-like flakes, also hard hammer struck and mostly unretouched, some bear edge damage from light use or post depositional disturbance. Mostly unpatinated mottled grey and dark grey flint, a few are slightly patinated light grey. Both the flakes and the blade-like flakes are likely to be of Neolithic to Bronze Age date and are typical of most Late Prehistoric scatters in …
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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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 si…
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 sect…
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 crea…
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 dist…
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 on…
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Monday 21st August 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-5A8685
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Sheffield
Workflow stage: Published Find published
534 Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age flint implement (c. 3,400-1,600BC), irregular piece of dark grey, translucent flint with cortex over the dorsal face. Ventral face struck with a well defined bulb of percussion. Retouch, Invasive, scaled, semi-abrupt around narrow end and partly up one side. The form of this object suggests a late date. Length 43.2mm, Width 21.9mm, Thickness 17.0mm, Mass 11.89g.
Created on: Thursday 17th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 17th August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-2E8DC0
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Hard hammer struck blade-like flake of unpatinated dark grey flint with mid grey inclusions, irregular steep retouch to both lateral edges, and a broad retouched concave notch to one edge towards the proximal end circa 18 mm wide and 4 mm deep. Perhaps used as a quick and simple tool for scraping bark from a branch around 25 mm diameter or similar. Late Prehistoric: Neolithic to Bronze Age.
Created on: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 15th August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-2E143C
Object type: DENTICULATE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bag containing four unpatinated flint flakes, Three are secondary hard hammer struck with areas of possible steep retouch or recent damage and are undiagnostic, the last is a soft hammer struck, straight blade-like flake with bifacial steep retouch to both edges forming a coarse denticulation. Perhaps used as a small hand held saw-like impliment, no sickle gloss noted (47 x 19 x 4 mm). Late Prehistoric: Neolithic to Bronze Age.
Created on: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 15th August 2017
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