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The Neolithic

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Pitchstone, Luce Sands

Period:
Neolithic
Description:

Small blades and flakes of pitchstone collected from Luce Sands by W F Cormack in the 1960s and 70s.

 

Pitchstone is a type of volcanic glass.  It occurs naturally on Arran and is occasionally found at Neolithic sites in southern Scotland.  It is much sharper than flint and may have been used in simple surgery and perhaps tattooing.

Place of Discovery:
Luce Sands
Materials/Media:
Pitchstone
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2003.19.2
Digital Number:
SMAH 017
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council