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The lithics

 

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Ann Clarke has been studying the lithics (flints and other stones) found during the fieldwalking. A total of 1586 flaked lithics were collected during fieldwalking of several locations along the River Dee. This short report is produced with a view to indicating areas of potential consideration for future planned field walking. It is not a final assessment of the assemblages. This is an initial report and the information will be fed into the mapping to allow the locations of Mesolithic finds to be plotted. We will then be sourcing funding to test pit at these locations to determine if structural remains survive.

A table is presented below for each location showing types and totals of flaked lithics. A short summary of the characteristics of each assemblage with reference to dating activity is also given.

 Key for core types: SP – single platform core; OP– opposed platform core; MP – multi-platform core; FP – flaked pebble; B – Bipolar core; CF – core fragment

Potarch

Mesolithic with two oblique truncations and two notched blades.

 

Flint

Types

Core

7

SP x 3, CF x 3, B

Retouched tools

11

Oblique truncation x 2, Notched blades x 4, End scraper x 2, Edge retouch x 2, Awl

Flakes

38

 

Blades

13

 

Chunks

10

 

Small flakes

3

 

Spalls

6

 

Pebbles

 

 

Total

88

 

 

Calcined (burnt)

Burnt/frost shatter

22

3

 

Other

 

 

EP 2017

Mesolithic with microliths of various forms: a broad triangle, a long triangle and crescent 29mm and 25mm in length; and two backed narrow blade microlithic fragments. Also two oblique truncations and a microburin.

Also occasional Late Neolithic elements.

 

Flint

Types

Core

18

SP x 12, MP x 3, FP, Disc core?

Retouched tools

33

Notched blades x 6, Scrapers x 7, Edge retouch x 5, Microliths various x 5, Knives x 5, Awl x 2, Microburin, Oblique truncations x 2

Flakes

190

 

Blades

88

 

Chunks

60

 

Small flakes

157

 

Spalls

28

 

Pebbles

4

 

Total

578

 

 

Calcined (burnt)

Burnt/frost shatter

79

20

 

 

Other

 

 

 

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