Date Made/Found: Around 6000 BC
Material and Medium: Flint
Dimensions: Lengths 7-39mm, widths 4-13mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1995.128.12
These seven microliths were amongst the many thousands of flints found at a Mesolithic hunting camp at Deepcar.
Microliths were an important part of Mesolithic tool kits. These tiny pieces of flint were used in groups. They were fitted into wood or bone shafts to make tools with many cutting edges. These were very effective in hunting a range of animals. They were also used for fishing and for cutting grass. Microliths could be replaced if damaged or lost. This was quicker than making a whole new tool every time.
Microliths were made from flint blades. The blades were carefully broken up into smaller pieces and one edge sharpened. Making mircoliths was very skilled work. Some microliths have regular geometric shapes. The ones from Deepcar do not. Similar microliths are known from other parts of the South Pennines. They indicate a local style or tradition of flint working.