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Core © 2000 The British Museum


Waste product left over from making flakes and blades from Robin Hood Cave. Upper Palaeolithic 12,500 - 11,000 years old. Made on flint

Cores were used to produce flakes and blades which were then worked into specialised tools. This example made of flint was found in Robin Hood Cave during the excavations in 1875-1876 and is between 12,500 and 11,000 years old.

Flakes and short blades have been removed from two intersecting faces on this core. Many of the flakes have ended abruptly in hinge fractures and may not have been of much use. Also most of the blades would have been curved in longitudinal profile and difficult to convert into tools. The outside surface of this flint core is smoothed and polished by wind action, suggesting that it had been exposed for some time on the surface in a periglacial steppe-tundra before it was collected and used by people. Recent damage has exposed semi-translucent black flint beneath the bluish-grey patination of the flaked surfaces. This artefact is thought to be Late Upper Palaeolithic.

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