M088 – Mesolithic Scraper / Borer (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 / Borer

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

Description: This particular stone age implement is Mesolithic Scraper / Knife. possibly with a dual function – As a borer too. The base of the tool is perfectly flat and the item includes the cortex. It most likely debitage retouched into a working item./

This item was found in context with other Mesolithic items

Size: 9 cm x 5.1 cm

Weight: 117g

Age: 8000 BCE – 4000 BCE

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