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Leaf-shaped point  © 2000 Brewhouse Yard Museum

Leaf-shaped point

Middle/Upper Palaeolithic weapon tip from Robin Hood Cave. 40,000 - 30,000 years old. Made of flint.

This flint point is probably between 40,000 and 30,000 years old and is likely to have been used as a spearhead. It was found during the Victorian excavation in 1875 in Robin Hood Cave near to the west entrance.

The point has been made by the gradual removal of small flakes to give a leaf-shaped outline and a straight longitudinal profile. The pattern of damage on similar flint points from other sites, and their size and weight, suggest that they were used as heads for spears. Weapons of this type appear to be associated with the earliest part of the British Upper Palaeolithic. This is about the time when the Neanderthal population of Europe was being replaced by anatomically modern humans and, at present, there is little evidence to suggest which group might have made and used leaf points.

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