Exhibition Objects

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Core  © 2000 Bolton Museum and Art Gallery


Flint waste left over from making blades from Creswell Crags, possibly Robin Hood Cave. Late Upper Palaeolithic.

This core is made of flint. Unfortunately, it is not known from which cave site at Creswell Crags or when this artefact was collected. However, the torn remnant of a paper label attached to it is possibly from a label printed for the larger finds excavated in 1876 from Robin Hood Cave and Church Hole. If this artefact is from either of these caves, it would more likely have been found in Robin Hood Cave as the report on work carried out in that year does not list cores amongst the finds from Church Hole. Cores were used to produce flakes and blades which were then worked into specialised tools. This core is most probably Late Upper Palaeolithic.

Blades have been removed from striking platforms at both ends. Clearly, the core is still capable of providing more blades and the flint is of excellent quality. It may be that this core was deliberately left at the site as an insurance item for when there might have been a need to prepare new flint tools during a future visit.

Glossary: Anatomically modern humans, Artefact, Assemblage, Backing, Biface, Blade, Bronze Age, Cordiform, Core, Cortex, Creswellian, Culture, Debitage, Early Upper Palaeolithic, Flake, Flake tool, Glacial, Hafting, Handaxe, Ice Age, Interglacial, Late Upper Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene, Retouch, Striking platform, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic