Progress is being made, but it’s hot work. Two particularly nice finds today though – another hint of some Mesolithic activity, and the Early Bronze Age theme continues ….
The knife started out as a flake, and Josh Pollard suggests it’s quite likely to have been made in the Mesolithic, hence the quite marked patination (the white colouration – because the surfaces have been exposed for so much longer than most of the flint we’re finding). Later on, in the Neolithic, it was found and given some shallow retouch to make it into a knife. It’s always nice to be able to read a ‘history’ like that in what seems at first glance quite a simple object.
Strictly speaking thumbnail scrapers first appeared with Beakers, so could be Chalcolithic, or final Neolithic, or whatever you want to call the time when early Beakers were in use, but they did stay in use for quite a while. They’re defined by size and are – yes, you guessed it – about the size of a thumbnail.