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Mesolithic

Stone Objects

Flint Fragments, Loch Doon

Period:
Mesolithic
Description:

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 specialise skill, requiring good hand and eye co-ordination as well as a knowledge of stone and the way that it fractured.

 

Place of Discovery:
Loch Doon
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
1968.143.1-16,1968.150.1-5,1968.154.1-3,1969.19.1-3
Digital Number:
RPD0004a,RPD0004b,RPD0004c
RCAHMS site record:
Starr Cottage
References:
TRUCKELL, A.E - "Mesolithic", Information Sheet No 5. Dumfries Museum Transactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, Volume 23, p322-324 ; Volume 58, p9-15


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