worked flint?

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Evening All,
I have never knowingly found a worked flint but its on my bucket list and I keep my eyes permanently peeled! And I am the first to follow the "if in doubt its not" rule or I would have a box full of them.... but I thought I may have half a chance with this one so over to the experts!
Its about as long as a finger and I understand you probably have to see and feel these things...
Anyway here's hoping - any knowledge gratefully accepted!
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Well someone has to reply and I'm no expert!

It has a bit of a look to it but also enough to say probably not. It could have been an outer flake as they prepared the core for working and that has since been through the mill with agricultural machinery. The presence of cortex (the outer material of the original stone) is not diagnostic either way. I would certainly have picked it up for inspection but would probably say that even if it had signs of working there will be better ones out there.
The context can also be important. One of my farms has no natural flint (all clay) but there are plenty of small stones around as they plough in large amounts of chalk and that always comes with flint/chert. If you find flints out of context with the rest of the ground it's often worth a closer look. We live under a big greensand ridge - so no flints. When I'm walking the sandy trails I always keep an eye out for flint flakes as they shouldn't be there.
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I’m saying nothing cause I rarely think they are something when they are :silent:
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Here you go Cath. Think I know the period but anyone have any thoughts?
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DaveP wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:51 pm Here you go Cath. Think I know the period but anyone have any thoughts?
Excuse my ignorance, but is that an arrow or spear head?? Or something else?

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I would put it down as "something else" but either way you would wince if it hit you!
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DaveP wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:51 pm Here you go Cath. Think I know the period but anyone have any thoughts?
Is it a Palaeolithic hand axe?

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Oxgirl wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:37 pm
Is it a Palaeolithic hand axe?

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Would be lovely if it was but at 4.5cm for an axe they would have been really, really tiny people ;)
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DaveP wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:53 pm Would be lovely if it was but at 4.5cm for an axe they would have been really, really tiny people ;)
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