Broken Early Bronze Age knife from the Cathedral Close excavations

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Broken Early Bronze Age knife from the Cathedral Close excavations

This plano-convex knife of cortical flint (i.e. flint from the exterior surface of a nodule) belongs to a distinctive type, datable to the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. Originally it would have been leaf-shaped and elongated, with a semi-circular profile. The cutting edge has been achieved by 'pressure-flaking'. The knapper would remove flakes by pushing an antler tine against the edge of the knife.

This artefact may have been brought to Cathedral Close at a much later date, in gravel used for levelling and roads.

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