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Post by grendel on Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:02 pm

With the dearth of info on the web of UK Flint Knapping, this site is a little gem. It's a catalogue of archaeological find made around the UK for decades.

http://finds.org.uk/database

It contain pictures of authentic flint stuff and even some inciteful comments by the archaeologist identifying them. It's quite easy to see patterns of arrowhead and blades ect found around the country.

Just stick Paleolithic, Neolithic, Mesolithic or Bronze Age in the WHEN box and either leave the rest blank or type Arrowhead, Blade, knife, hand axe, spear exct in the WHAT box......... then see what you get!

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Post by the barnacle on Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:47 pm

i use the pas site alot and also record my metal detecting finds on it through our local flo, its a great site, this is another site i use -



http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/ukdfddata/showcat.php?mcats=5&si=&what=allfields&name=&ukdfdnumber=&when=0&whenterm=&dist=&radius=&low=&high=

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Post by grendel on Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:50 pm

That a great link, enjoyed searching it, thanks mate.

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:20 pm

One of my favourite sites. Very handy for identifying finds.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:02 pm

[img][/img] A very sweet little polished axe soon to be added to finds.org, love the cortex butt!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:04 pm

[img][/img]And the other side, small chip to cutting edge but otherwise pristine.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:06 pm

[img][/img]And the all important side view. Cheeky!

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Post by grendel on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:26 am

mr.hertzian cone wrote:[img][/img] A very sweet little polished axe soon to be added to finds.org, love the cortex butt!

Are all those flakes natural damage over time or have some been deliberately knapped out after grind. The parallel ones near the tip look deliberate-ish but also it vaguely looks like the bulb of percussion is in the middle heading towards the edge so just impact damage. Difficult to tell from a pic. Also some of the edge work look a little like post grind retouchng.

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:29 am

Would love to find something like that. It never fails to amaze me when looking at something like this, or after finding something when out detecting, that someone sat down and made that.

You start to appreciate the hours it must have took to make and polish that hand axe. I can almost see whoever made it turning it over in their hands, checking it out, 'tweaking' it.

Sort of brings it alive for me.

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Post by the barnacle on Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:09 pm

i always imaging polishing was done on the edge of a stream on sandstone rock pads, i wonder how long it would take to polish an axe authentic style.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:12 pm

It is rather nice, the tiny chip on the lighter side (on the cutting edge) is the only damage, the rest is as it was lost/deposited, it is only part polished and the rest of the flakes visable where left as they where a little too deep. As for the time spent grinding, I have no idea, I keep thinking about getting a sandstone paving slab (nice and flat) and finding out for once and for all! I guess it depends on how abrasive and hard the sandstone is...

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:49 am

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Here is a couple of completely ground flint axes from a hoard in Smerrick, Enzie, Banffshire in Scotland. The long one is 251mm and the shoter one is 183mm long. These where found whilst the digging of a farm drain in 1881, currently held in the National Museum of Antiquaries of Scotland's collection.
Very involved work to get a flint axe head to this kind of finish, I guess they where prestige pieces, the minor damage to the smaller one was thought to be from recovery or after deposition, but still wow...

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Post by grendel on Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:42 pm

If they were finished with gold as the text says, definitely prestige pieces.

This film may interest you.

http://www.cerimes.fr/le-catalogue/jade.html

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:14 am

Mmm jadeite axes, there is a good selection on display in the Ashmolean Museum, go see! [img][/img]
This is another nice find to come my way, and will soon be added to finds.org
It's a rather battered knife, maybe of Beaker dagger type, the little notches midway maybe just damage but it may also be intentional.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:16 am

[img][/img]The other side, it has suffered over the years, the tip and the butt are missing.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:21 am

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And the side view,actually quite thin, the break along the the base is rather clear in this view, not so for the tip.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:54 am

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One for the metal finds: This is a dolphin brooch but not the usual dolphin brooch (more plate brooch)... It actually looks like a dolphin!
Romano-British period.

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Post by the barnacle on Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:44 am

Very nice Brooch. Zoomorphic 2nd Century AD, - a similar brooch is in the Hattatt  Fourth book page - 362 illustration 1203.

Lovely find.

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Post by grendel on Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:47 pm

That's some really impressive drawing there.

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