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Flint Scraper/Blade?

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:34 pm
by sweepstick47
Is it or isn't it,? I'm leaving you to decide. ;)

To my way of thinking, If this was a by product of a larger piece being worked, there's little doubt in my mind, that it would have been simply 'touched-up' to the required standard and made ready for use as a scraper/cutter virtually as found.

I can see that there might well have been the odd glance around the 'knappings' once work had been completed, keeping a weather eye out for any salvageable 'small stuff' from which to make arrow heads or fish hooks perhaps. I'm actually leaning towards it being a naturally formed 'knapping' (if there is such an animal). Anyway, here it is for you to give your opinions.

Good Luck and thanks for taking a gander ::g

Re: Flint Scraper/Blade?

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:58 pm
by fred
Unclear but probably just as you describe - debitage. ::g

Re: Flint Scraper/Blade?

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:50 am
by Macroman
Hemmm !!...a bit unsure...but probably a scraper...nice anyway..good hunting.. ::g

Re: Flint Scraper/Blade?

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:29 am
by Me and my boy
It’s hard to tell. I think it’s maybe the result of sharpening a larger tool and it’s the waste produced.
Who knows. Not all tools were snap on quality, it maybe a cheap made in Hong kong
Or China variety🤣
Flints are very hard to photograph to be able to show what you personally can see when its in your hand.
I found one a few weeks ago that looks like a oversized spear but not finished off enough to use, I’ll post it today. But again tried to photograph it but couldn’t get the desired result so gave up.

Re: Flint Scraper/Blade?

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:45 am
by sweepstick47
Yes I completely agree about the difficulties that exist when attempting to show maximum detail of some finds, not least of which, are the unwanted shadows created. Below is a recent thread which may offer a flexible and inexpensive solution to the problem, a portable 'ring light'.
It's something I'm definitely interested in giving a 'whirl'. ::g Regards ss47