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Post by laser_jock99 on Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:39 pm

As per the subject I have been investigating new areas lately but not turning up anything too spectacular. Just traces of occupation that will encourage me to keep looking in these areas.

Group of non-descript scrapers with small amounts of edge re-touch.




Group of burned flints from same area.




A thinning waste flake from the same spot.




Moving on to another site along the river Avon i picked up a few more 'bits'.


A long cortex flake, may have been used as a scraper as there is a uniform fine re-touch along the straight edge. Nice obvious bulb of percussion too!




A large waste flake sharp enough to have been a cutting blade. Begining to develop the white patina of age suggesting an early Neolithic date.




Another piece of worked flint but heat affected. I find a lot of these burned flakes. I wonder if was standard practice to chuck sharp waste into the fire? Less chance of treading on it there!




Finally a fragment of a Mesolithic microlith from the same site. Close examination of this piece shows it has been tumbling round in the plough soil a fair time, some of the edges are quite rounded.

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Post by the barnacle on Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:56 pm

some nice finds - are they from an area with natural outcrops
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Post by laser_jock99 on Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:50 pm

the barnacle wrote:some nice finds - are they from an area with natural outcrops
The only natural flints here (Warwickshire) are river cobbles and nodules- probably glacial deposits from Lincolnshire. They are generally brown to dark brown and grey in colour. Ocassionally I have dark 'black' flints which I couldn't place locally. It's possible these are 'imports' from further afield?

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Post by the barnacle on Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:53 pm

i live nr wolverhampton and every flint i find is worked and an import
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Post by the barnacle on Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:54 pm

i am in a couple of weeks visiting a field in warks where tanged arrows are found.
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Post by laser_jock99 on Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:12 pm

the barnacle wrote:i am in a couple of weeks visiting a field in warks where tanged arrows are found.
Good luck! May be it was the site of Neolithic battle? I think one has been documented in Dorset.

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Post by the barnacle on Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:03 am

laser_jock99 wrote:
the barnacle wrote:i am in a couple of weeks visiting a field in warks where tanged arrows are found.
Good luck! May be it was the site of Neolithic battle? I think one has been documented in Dorset.

interesting idea, i will have to look into that.
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