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Post by the barnacle on Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:34 pm

I went to the Natural history Museum on Saturday and came across this - lovely axe with nice patina.
 



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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:17 pm

Aha, this is the hugemongous one from Furze platt. I posted an old pic of this regarding sizes in replicating an Acheulian hand axe topic. It was next too a tiny one from the same site, I think I said any size is authentic!

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Post by grendel on Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:17 am

A beautiful piece of bifacial knapping, nice photograph too you really captured the flake scars. It always amazes me how many years of practice it takes for a modern human just to be as good at knapping as a hominid.


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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:05 am

What always gets me is the size of the flakes that they where able to drive off.

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Post by the barnacle on Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:22 pm

I wonder where the flint came from - lovely colour that I have not seen before. - your right mr H it was in a cabinet with a small polished axe next to it,

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Post by grendel on Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:15 pm

The flint colouration comes from its patina. that is the flint has been stained by the soil it has been laying in. If you look centre top you can see a grey patch, the original colour.

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Post by the barnacle on Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:55 am

interesting - thanks for the explanation.

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