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Mesolithic

Stone Objects

Flint Fragment, Eskdalemuir

Period:
Mesolithic
Description:

This fragment of flint, most likely used as a scraper to remove fat from animal hides was found in Eskdalemuir in 1957. 

Mesolithic peoples obtained edged blades by breaking flakes from a larger rock. Their most characteristic blade was the tiny microlith which could be made in a range of shapes and set in groups into wood and bone handles to form arrowheads and spears. They could also be hafted into cutting tools or used to provide a sharp point for piercing. Knapping was a specialised skill, requiring good hand and eye co-ordination as well as a knowledge of stone and the way that it fractured.

 

Place of Discovery:
Eskdalemuir
Dimensions:
length: 50 mm width: 24 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
1957.54.111
Digital Number:
RPD0005
References:
TRUCKELL, A.E - "Mesolithic", Information Sheet No 5. Dumfries Museum Transactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, Volume 35, p140 ; Volume 40, p43


Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland - "Eastern Dumfriesshire; an archaeological landscape", Edinburgh, The Stationery Office, 1997, p75


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