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Leaf-shaped point  © 2000 Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Leaf-shaped point

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

This broken flint point is probably between 40,000 and 30,000 years old and is likely to have been used as a spearhead. Although it is not certainly known in which cave this piece was found, the fragment joins to a tip stored in The Manchester Museum. The Manchester piece is marked with an "R" which is W.B.Dawkins' code for objects excavated in 1876 from Robin Hood Cave. It is most likely that both fragments were found in the same cave.

The fragment here is the base or proximal portion of the anciently broken point. To create the point a blade has been gradually retouched into a leaf shape with a straight longitudinal profile. Tools of this type appear to be associated with the earliest part of the British Upper Palaeolithic.

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