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Leaf-shaped point (broken) © 2000 The British Museum

Leaf-shaped point (broken)

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

This fragment is part of a flint point most probably used as a spearhead and possibly made between 40,000 and 30,000 years ago. It was found in Robin Hood Cave during the excavations in 1876 and joins to another piece now stored at The Manchester Museum.

Both sides of the point have been retouched to create a thin, regular leaf-shaped outline, most probably pointed at both ends. The age of this artefact is uncertain. It is not known whether leaf points were made and used by anatomically modern humans or by the preceding aboriginal Neanderthals. Recent discussion has, perhaps, tended to suggest that these tools were part of the Neanderthal tool kit.

Glossary: Anatomically modern humans, Artefact, Assemblage, Backing, Biface, Bifacial, Blade, Bronze Age, Cordiform, Core, Cortex, Creswellian, Culture, Debitage, Early Upper Palaeolithic, Flake, Flake tool, Glacial, Hafting, Handaxe, Ice Age, Interglacial, Late Upper Palaeolithic, Leaf point, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene, Projectile, Retouch, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic