Date Made/Found: Around 6000 BC
Material and Medium: Flint
Dimensions: Lengths 28-31mm, widths 17-25mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1995.128.9
These four scrapers were amongst the thousands of pieces of flint found at a hunting camp at Deepcar.
The word scraper is used for any piece of flint with steeply retouched edges. Retouch is the word used for extra flaking on a piece of flint. Retouch on a scraper makes a blunt edge rather than a sharp edge. Scrapers come in many different shapes and sizes. However, they often have a curved working edge. They are one of the most easily recognised flint tools. Rounded scrapers are known as ‘thumbnail’ scrapers because of their shape.
Scrapers like these from Deepcar were used for scraping surfaces. They were probably used on organic materials such as wood, leather and bone.
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