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Microburins from Deepcar.
Microburin
Date Made/Found: Around 6000 BC
Material and Medium: Flint
Dimensions: Lengths 7-24mm, widths 4-2mm
Place Object Found: Deepcar
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1995.128.11
These seven microburins were amongst the many thousands of flints found at a Mesolithic hunting camp at Deepcar.

These flints are called microburins because they look like small versions of tools with a pointed edge, called burins. However, they are not tools at all. They are waste from the making of microliths. Microliths were important tools in the Mesolithic. They are very small pieces of flint that were fitted into wood or bone shafts to make tools with many cutting edges. These were used for hunting and other purposes.

They are made from flint blades which are carefully broken to avoid wasting flint. A notch is made on one side of the blade to make it easier to break. Only one half is used for a microlith. The other half, the microburin, is thrown away. A large number of microburins were found at Deepcar. This shows that the hunters were making lots of new microliths and not just repairing old ones.
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