Exhibition Objects

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Artefact drawings © 2000 The British Museum

Artefact drawings

20th century drawings of Upper Palaeolithic flint tools found by A.L. Armstrong in Mother Grundy’s Parlour

A drawing by A.L. Armstrong, published in 1925, of flint artefacts excavated by him from the western side of the platform in front of Mother Grundy's Parlour. All are now in The British Museum (1937.7-12).

The backed blades (N°s 1-5, 8-11 and 14-15), also known as penknife points, are some of the best evidence for human use of this cave during a lightly wooded part of the Late Glacial between 12,000 and 11,000 years ago. Other Late Upper Palaeolithic tools shown here include possible awls (N°s 6, 18 and 22). N°12 is a microlith of more recent Mesolithic date.

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