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Core  © 2000 Brewhouse Yard Museum


Waste product from blade making from Robin Hood Cave. Upper Palaeolithic about 12,500 years old. Made of flint.

This flint core has been struck with a stone or antler hammer on its top edge to remove flint blades. These blades could have been used in various ways, either unmodified as knives or retouched as awls, burins or scrapers. The core was found in 1875-1876 in the western chamber of Robin Hood Cave and is Upper Palaeolithic in date.

Nodules of flint such as these could have been collected from glacial till. A patch of the outer surface on the back of the core appears to be wind polished as if the nodule had been lying out in the steppe-tundra before it was picked up. The core has a single platform from which blades were struck, the last blade only travelling part way down the core face. This core is recorded as coming from breccia deposits at the mouth of the cave. Most of the finds from the breccia are Late Upper Palaeolithic.

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