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Arrowheads © 2000 Creswell Heritage Trust


Neolithic flint weapon heads from Mother Grundy's Parlour. 4,700-3,700 years old.

Two chisel arrowheads excavated by John Campbell in 1969 from the scree and slope deposits on the east side of the platform in front of Mother Grundy’s Parlour, Creswell Crags. These are the only two arrowheads to have been found at Creswell Crags and they date from between 4,700 and 3,700 radiocarbon years ago, the Middle to Later part of the Neolithic.

It is assumed that the narrower end was hafted into an arrow and that the broader end formed the cutting edge. Elsewhere flint arrowheads, from the Middle and Later part of the Neolithic, were certainly used for warfare and probably hunting. Another use may have been to cut the neck veins of domestic cattle. The blood could then have been drunk fresh, clotted or mixed with milk.

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