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Found this today while out on the fields . It has that look about it that gained enough interest to warrant bringing it home .
It looks worked , has a slight curve with very sharp edges . 45 mm long x 15 mm at its widest point .
Possible scraper ? or a random piece of flint fragment .
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I like it but it just looks natural to me. :thumbsup:
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I’m rubbish at flints but it looks pretty convincing as a worked blade type thing. It looks sharp, is it?
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It does look sharp but the blade doesn't look worked at all.
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Does look the business, but no expert I'm afraid

one for the FLO perhaps

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This is a flake taken probably from a blade core. The dorsal side shows 3 or more flake scars on the left and 2 or more on the right dorsal.

Difficult to tell from the pictures but no obvious signs of retouch. However, that doesn't prevent it from being a tool. Retouch simply strengthens the edge, turns it in to a different application e.g. saw or scraper or gives more surface area for hafting in to wood.

I suspect this was either a flake taken to shape the core (core trimming) ready for the next flakes designed to be blades, or it was taken as a throwaway tool for a simple job. Think of a blade core like a Swiss army knife.

There looks to be plenty of post formation damage around the edges and the original flake would not have been grey - possibly a dark or honey flint colour. It could have been kept for more work or just discarded as one of many - you'll never know but there's a good chance there are more pieces to find in that area.

Probably Mesolithic although that spans a wide time period. Think hunter-gatherers before the Neolithics start to settle down and clear areas for farming.
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DaveP wrote: Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:05 am This is a flake taken probably from a blade core. The dorsal side shows 3 or more flake scars on the left and 2 or more on the right dorsal.

Difficult to tell from the pictures but no obvious signs of retouch. However, that doesn't prevent it from being a tool. Retouch simply strengthens the edge, turns it in to a different application e.g. saw or scraper or gives more surface area for hafting in to wood.

I suspect this was either a flake taken to shape the core (core trimming) ready for the next flakes designed to be blades, or it was taken as a throwaway tool for a simple job. Think of a blade core like a Swiss army knife.

There looks to be plenty of post formation damage around the edges and the original flake would not have been grey - possibly a dark or honey flint colour. It could have been kept for more work or just discarded as one of many - you'll never know but there's a good chance there are more pieces to find in that area.

Probably Mesolithic although that spans a wide time period. Think hunter-gatherers before the Neolithics start to settle down and clear areas for farming.
Dave P , thankyou very much for a very detailed description and taking time out to give a further insight into a field of knowledge that I have absolutely no idea about , you learn something new everyday . It looked interesting enough to take home and seemed to stand out in amongst the thousands of flint and stones which litter this field . I shall be back again tomorrow and scan the area . One for the farmer , he likes his fossils and things like this . Thanks again :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:52 pm I’m rubbish at flints but it looks pretty convincing as a worked blade type thing. It looks sharp, is it?
It is very sharp on both edges and slices through card fairly easily . :thumbsup:
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Kenleyboy wrote: Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:05 pm One for the farmer , he likes his fossils and things like this .
A selection of what you might find. The blade core top left is not a common find but lovely if you do. Scrapers on the left. The other clue is parallel lines - nature and the plough tend not to do this. The flake, blades and bladelet on the right all have parallel flake scars and a central ridge for strength. I told the farmer where these were found to look for parallel lines as he had never found a worked flint or flake. Couple of weeks later he had his first blade. Granted its only a couple of inches long but it was success.
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Cores are not only struck from one end and may be worked in more than one direction. If in doubt, put it in your pocket, give it a good wash and think about it over a glass of something.
The two items are (top one) multi-directional core and (bottom one) discarded core - there's a big hinge fracture in the middle and not enough meat left in the core to get rid of it.
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And you'll need a Tupperware box to hold all the bits as they soon end up like a collection of toasted coins.
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Once again , superb information :thumbsup:
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