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Side scraper © 2000 The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester

Side scraper

Side scraper from Pin Hole made on a quartzite flake. Middle Palaeolithic tool, 50,000 - 38,000 years old.

This quartzite scraper was most probably used for scraping and cleaning animal hide. This is one of ten quartzite scrapers excavated from Pin Hole by A.L. Armstrong between 1924-1936 and was found in the lower layers in the cave. It is probably between 50,000 and 38,000 years old.

Armstrong found this reddish brown quartzite scraper in, what he described as, the yellow cave-earth at 143 metres (42 ') from the entrance and about 3.5 metres (11') from the surface. Tiny flakes of quartzite have been removed from both sides to produce scraper edges which converge at the tip. This artefact is Middle Palaeolithic and was part of the tool kit used by Neanderthal people.

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