Date Made/Found: Around 6000 BC
Material and Medium: Flint
Dimensions: Lengths 39-50mm, widths 29-44mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1995.128.7
These four cores were amongst the many thousands of flints found at a Mesolithic camp at Deepcar.
A core is the starting point for making flint tools. Pieces of flint called flakes are struck off the core. This is done using a stone called a hammer. The flakes can be used as they are. They can also be worked further to make particular tools. The flake scars, or areas where flakes have been removed from, show us that these cores were used to make long thin flakes called blades. Blades were cutting tools with a sharp edge.
Very few cores were found at Deepcar. This suggests a limited supply of cores. As the flint came mostly from the Yorkshire Wolds, it may have been difficult to get hold of. As well as making some new tool, hunters at Deepcar were probably repairing existing tools which had been damaged.
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