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Cheddar point  © 2000 Brewhouse Yard Museum

Cheddar point

Upper Palaeolithic tool from Robin Hood Cave. 12,500 years old. Made of flint

This flint blade was found during the Victorian excavation in 1875 in Robin Hood Cave. Blades which have been shaped to a trapezoidal outline are known as Cheddar points after Gough's cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, where a large number have been excavated. It is about 12,500 years old. The pattern of damage on these tools suggests that, although referred to as points, they were in fact used as knives rather than spear points, and may have been set in a handle.

The trapezoidal outline has been formed by abrupt retouch at each end which has created the oblique truncations. Between these ends the shorter side has also been retouched. Cheddar points are the type fossil of the Late Upper Palaeolithic technology termed the Creswellian which is dated at Robin Hood Cave to between 12,600 and 12,300 years ago.

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