Are Antler "Spatulas" pressure flakers?

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Are Antler "Spatulas" pressure flakers?

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:55 pm

I have noticed a few examples of Antler spatulas in Early Bronze A[img][/img]ge burials which look rather like pressure flakers:
This one (bad photo) is from Mount pleasent, Dorchester, Dorset is discribed as "Bevelled at both ends, one worn as if by use, poss leather working tool" Length 118mm.

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Re: Are Antler "Spatulas" pressure flakers?

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:59 pm

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And here are a few examples from Amesbury Grave g.85. F3, F4 and F6 look again like unhafted Antler pressure flakers.

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Post by grendel on Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:11 pm

Could F5 be a punch?

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:52 pm

F6 does look a bit like a pressure flaker to me. At least if I picked it up, that's what I'd use it for.

There again, it also looks like one of my bone folders.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:48 pm

F5 could well be a punch or a punch handle, also F9 and F10 look rather like abrading stones.

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Re: Are Antler "Spatulas" pressure flakers?

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:41 pm

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This is a similar pressure flaking tool that I use for flint knapping demos, note the antler "spatula"!

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:19 pm

The tools make more sense when you see the antler hafted.

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Post by the barnacle on Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:11 pm

the tool does look good, i have made nettle string in the past that would of hafted it a treat. -



also i have found a bronze age dagger line the one in the pic lower lh end.

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:52 pm

Still want to try the nettle string on my next blade.

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Re: Are Antler "Spatulas" pressure flakers?

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:27 pm

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Talking of nettle string, here is some put to good use on a Charavines knife, this one needs a little more work but it works well for cutting back the plants that have burst in to the shed, it was what I had to hand!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:29 pm

By the way I'd get the nettles soon as they will be dying back in a couple of months.

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Post by grendel on Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:21 pm

Beautiful is it flat on the other side? Did you detatch a livre de beurre flake?

Also a touch of synchonicity as I made plano-convex knife (slug knife) myself today. Just gottat retouch it and I'll get the pic up.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:45 pm

It is flat and plain on the reverse, as for the pound of butter core, it was something similar, had some sausage shaped black flint but it was full of chalk pockets so I harvested some long flakes from it and just ended up using it on this project!

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Post by grendel on Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:46 pm

Here they are a couple of knives common to Britain. At the top a plano-convex knife (slug knife). These knive similar to French Charavines knives and Egyptian Gerzian Knives were only knapped on one side, the other being flat.

Below is a regular bifacial knife.


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Re: Are Antler "Spatulas" pressure flakers?

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:54 pm

Nice work, it's a bit odd not having to worry about the imaginary centre line! Have you tried knapping a sickle blade?

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