Museum Collection: Neolithic Flint Implements

Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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The Neolithic Period (New Stone Age) was marked by the first introduction of farming, both in growing crops and keeping domesticated animals. Large areas of the country were cleared of ancient woodland to make fields, but hunting and gathering still went on. Metal tools were not yet available and the Neolithic people made tools from flint and polished stone axes were traded widely.

No settlement sites or burials have yet been found in the Bradford Hundred area, but flint implements are not unusual.

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flint scraper from SladesbrookA scraper made from a flake from a flint core. It was found on the Llewellen Palmer allotment gardens, Sladesbrook, Bradford.

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flint core, from ToryThis is a small flint core from which several long narrow blades have been struck. it was found behind Tory, Bradford, just below the plateau of Budbury, which could have made a good camp site for a Neolithic hunting expedition.

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flint arrowheads, IfordNeolithic arrowheads show great skill in flaking flint. These were found on the Iford estate, Westwood.

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flint arrowhead, near Monkton, Broughton GiffordPossibly an unfinished Neolithic arrowhead which was found in a field near Monkton in Broughton Gifford. It was made from a flint that has been trimmed to make cutting edges; the three breaks on this side are where the previous flakes were struck from the same core.

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