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Jun 16, 2011 3:27 PM

Answered - 2011-1057 Has this been worked by man? No

Hello - I found this flint in Grim's Ditch in South Oxfordshire on Tuesday, and am trying to ascertain whether it was used as a tool or not. Have been nosing around the web reading about lithic analysis and bulbs of percussion and the like, but I'm still rather unsure. Anyway, hope someone here can help. Thanks!
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      Jun 4, 2011 10:10 PM (in response to jshex)
      Re: Has this been worked by man?

      I'm no expert but I dont think so from the photo's.

       

      First thing to think is would this have made a useful tool - does it sit in the hand nicely with a blade or spike in the right place?

       

      Next does it look worked - does it have evidence of many impacts forming a nice edge or point? The less impacts the more likely it is just to be natural and you have to be wary because a hard frost like we had last winter can break off small chunks to give a rough impression of a worked piece.

       

      The other type of thing to look for are cores - these aren't tools of themselves but have had blades chipped off of them.

       

      If you find a really convincing one you could contact a local expert through the Portable Antiquities Scheme - http://finds.org.uk/

       

      Regards,

       

      Ryan

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    Jun 16, 2011 3:26 PM (in response to jshex)
    Re: 2011-1057 Has this been worked by man?

    Hi,

    I had it checked out by an expert in ancient humans just to be sure and he confirmed that sadly, no it is not worked by man, it is just a naturally broken piece of flint.

    Better luck next time!

    Luanne

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