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The Neolithic

Domestic & Farming

Polished flint knife, Calgow

Period:
Neolithic
Description:

A disc-shaped knife.  The semi-circular cutting edge has been ground and polished and polishing extends to both faces above the blade.  It was found during the construction of the Newton Stewart By-pass in the 1970s.

 

Polished knives like this are high quality tools and only one other example has been found in Dumfries and Galloway (Luce Sands).  These knives were made at specialist workshops in Yorkshire and traded across northern England and southern Scotland.

Place of Discovery:
Calgow, Minnigaff
Materials/Media:
Flint
Dimensions:
87 x 69 x 12mm thick
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 1999.13
Digital Number:
SMAH 047
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:
Pickin, J. 1997. Two Polished Flints Knives from Galloway. Trans DGNHAS LXXII, p.110-112.