Neolithic Scraper
Finder County Date Recorded
Hidden Essex Sat August 13, 2005
Recorded By Views Validated by
Hidden 1300 J. Adkin
Material Size (mm) Date
Flint 66mm long, 40mm wide at widest point 4000-2500 BC

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Description: A Common UK fieldwalking find - a fairly crudely finished thumb scraper of the Neolithic period. A flake tool of dark grey/mottled flint, most likely sourced from a local supply of nodular flint.


The retouch applied to the tool is crude, but fairly extensive - the majority of the tool margins are percussion flaked, and there may be evidence of use wear at intervals along the margins. Plano-convex in section and retaining granular cortex over approximately 15% of its surface, this tool was probably discarded after extensive wear at the distal end caused a sudden and quite common failure that rendered the tool almost useless. In an area replete with suitable raw materials, this piece would have likely been swiftly discarded.
Keywords: Neolithic Thumb Scraper flint
Object Type: Neolithic Scraper Object Classification: Lithic Tool
Object Sub-classification: Scraper Object Description:
Object Inscription: Period: Neolithic
Date Range: 4000-2500 BC Primary Material: Flint
Additional Material: Method of Manufacture: Knapped/Percussion Flaked
Surface Treatment:
Weight (grams): Size (mm): 66mm long, 40mm wide at widest point
References: Comments:
Findspot: County: Essex
Recorded elsewhere: No Finder: Hidden
Metal Detector Used: Record validated by: J. Adkin


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