Tertiary Flake
Finder County Date Recorded
Hidden YORKSHIRE/NORTH Sat March 8, 2008
Recorded By Views Validated by
Hidden 569 J. Adkin
Material Size (mm) Date
Flint 17mm long X 10mm width X 1.5mm thin 9000 - 4000 BCE

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Description: A microlithic tertiary flake of flint. This small flake was struck from a prepared core and bears the scars of previous flake removals on the dorsal surface. Microlithic flakes of this sort were one of the component parts of the composite tools of the mesolithic period. Multiple flakes were mounted in wood and could be used as a range of tools including knives, sickles and projectiles.


The remains of the striking platform and the bulb of percussion are visible on the ventral. The diffuse nature of the bulb of percussion might suggest this flake was struck from the donor core via soft-hammer percussion. The possibility that this flake was used as a small projectile point cannot be discounted.


Fresh looking, no secondary retouch, little patination and no cortical residue present.
Keywords: Flint microlith
Object Type: Lithic Flake Object Classification: Tertiary
Object Sub-classification: Lanceolate Object Description: Complete
Object Inscription: Period: Mesolithic to Neolithic (Probable)
Date Range: 9000 - 4000 BCE Primary Material: Flint
Additional Material: Method of Manufacture: Knapped
Surface Treatment:
Weight (grams): Size (mm): 17mm long X 10mm width X 1.5mm thin
References: Comments:
Findspot: Near Scarborough County: YORKSHIRE/NORTH
Recorded elsewhere: Yes. PAS: YORYM-202CD3 Finder: Hidden
Metal Detector Used: Eyes only Record validated by: J. Adkin


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