M063 – Mesolithic Scraper (British Find)

Mesolithic stone tools

The Mesolithic is the name given to the period between the end of the last ice age, In Britain the Mesolithic (Middle Stone) period began around 12,000 years ago as the climate began to warm up at the end of the last Ice Age. Trees and plants began to grow again and forest animals such as deer crossed the land bridge that then linked Britain to Europe.

This period in history was the beginning of settled farming around 5,500 years ago. This period saw a big movement of people and many hunting parties began to visit England regularly, Eventually the British Isles became their home.

Mesolithic Scraper

Provenance: Found close to the River Ter Valley near Chelmsford, Essex

Description: This very old Mesolithic Scraper includes the cortex on the handle, the scraper is hooked, which makes me think the item has a dual purpose – Both as a scraper and a knife. The bulb of percussion is visible on this stone age tool and the implement is made from a brown flint

Found in context with other Mesolithic stone age tools.

Size: 5 cm x 5.8 cm

Weight: 31g

Age: 8000 BCE – 4000 BCE

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