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The Neolithic

Domestic & Farming

Polished flint knife, Luce Sands

Period:
Neolithic
Description:

A polished rectangular flint knife.  Both faces have been ground to a uniformly flat surface with a fine overall polish.  The edges have been ground and rounded although one edge has been roughly reworked.

 

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

Place of Discovery:
Luce Sands
Materials/Media:
Flint
Dimensions:
78mm x 100mm x 11mm thick
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 1967.80
Digital Number:
SMAH 046
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:
Pickin, J. 1997. Two Polished Flint Knives from Galloway. Trans DGNHAS LXXII, p.110-112.