I found this at the base of the cliff at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.
It looks to me like a piece of flint that has been worked, on both surfaces, and has then broken(straight edge) and been discarded.
Can an age be put on this? Is it likely to be neolithic? It looks quite fresh and new to me!
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This is a tool, and looks like a scraper. It was formed as a flake chipped off a larger flint – the smooth surface in the third photograph down is the surface where this flake was chipped off from the core. The first two photographs show where it is also worked. Flint does fracture naturally, but the concentric percussion lines on the fractures show that a lot of force has been exerted on this. This much force is only really exerted accidentally by ploughs. There are several fractures here with percussion lines and they are all fractured in the same direction to give a sharp edge, so the fractures have almost certainly been made deliberately. This may be late Neolithic or Bronze Age judging be the style. The unworked surface has a white cortex from weathering but the worked surfaces are almost unweathered, although this doesn’t tell us much about the age as the weathering of flint is so dependent on its environment.
Thanks Luanne, I recently handed this in to the finds department at Colchester Museum for Identification and possible entry into the portable antiquities scheme database, I should hear back shortly
Entered into PAS Database http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/411158
Quite pleased with that!