Record Details

NHER Number:8485
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Mesolithic and later prehistoric worked flints

Summary

A significant number of prehistoric worked flints were recovered at this site during the 1950s and 1960s. The majority of these flints were of probable Mesolithic date, including a possible microlith, burins, blade cores and over 150 blades and flakes. A number of potentially Neolithic worked flints and a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged flint arrowhead was also found.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 318 115
Map Sheet:TG31SW
Parish:BLOFIELD, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1954-1955. Stray Find.
Found by [1] at Blofield Corner:
Neolithic flint scrapers and flakes.
Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged flint arrowhead.
Information from (S1). These discoveries were noted in (S2).
Given the nature of subsequent discoveries on this site it is probable that at least some of these flints were actually Mesolithic. Although in the possession of their finder when seen in 1955 it is possible that the scrapers and flakes are amongst a collection of flints from the site that was donated to the Norwich Castle Museum in 1975 (NWHCM : 1975.155).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 6 May 2014.

1960. Stray Find.
Found by [1] at Blofield Corner:
Mesolithic "flint industry", represented by small bladelet cores and blades (very few with retouch, though some may have been deliberately blunted). At least a proportion of the assemblage was donated to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1960.223). Information from (S3). These discoveries were noted in (S4).

Additional Mesolithic flints from this site were donated to the NCM a number of years later (NWHCM : 1975.155). These had apparently been found prior to 1967 and are listed by (S3) as comprising cores, blades, "worked flakes", scrapers, waste and "pot boilers". As noted above it is possible that some of these finds were those found during the 1950s.

The Mesolithic finds held by the NCM are listed by (S5) as comprising 20 cores, 185 blades/flakes, 2 burins ('gravers'), 1 ?broken microlith and 1 other implement. It is assumed that that these totals include material from both collections.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 6 May 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC? to 2351 BC?)
  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • LITHIC WORKING SITE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)

Associated Finds

  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • BURIN? (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • CORE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • DEBITAGE (Early Mesolithic to Beaker - 10000 BC? to 1700 BC?)
  • FLAKE (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC? to 2351 BC)
  • FLAKE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • MICROLITH? (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC? to 2351 BC)
  • BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 30 NW 29; TG 31 SW 5.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Blofield.
<S2>Serial: 1955. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. No 2. p 4.
<S3>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Mesolithic.
<S4>Serial: 1960. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1960. No 7. p 2.
<S5>Monograph: Wymer, J. J. and Bonsall, C. J. (eds). 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales with a Gazetteer of Upper Palaeolithic Sites in England and Wales. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. No. 20. p 204.

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