Exhibition Objects

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Creswell point © 2000 Creswell Heritage Trust

Creswell point

Flint point from Robin Hood Cave. Upper Palaeolithic tool, 12,500 years old.

This flint point was excavated by John Campbell in 1969 from the base of scree deposits in front of the west entrance to Robin Hood Cave. Despite its archaeological description as a point, this artefact is likely to have been a knife blade set in a handle. The artefact forms part of the group of Creswellian artefacts associated with cut marked bones of mountain hare dated to between 12,600 and 12,300 years ago.

These artefacts take their name from Creswell Crags where Creswell points supposedly outnumbered Cheddar points, the opposite being the case at sites in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset. Creswell points are characterised by an oblique truncation formed by steep chipping at the upper (distal) end which contacts similar steep retouch along the shorter margin between the truncation and the base of the piece. Where truncation and retouch meet there is a clear angle.

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