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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie F,S,A,

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 907
 Date Entered 18/11/2015
 Updated on 22/11/2015
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Archaeological Find
 Record Type Archaeology
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 12/10/2015
 Location Brownsey Moor, Stoups Rigg
 Civil Parish Melbecks
 Brit. National Grid Hidden
 Altitude 430m.
 Geology Outcrop of the Five Yard Limestone overlooking a peat infilled mire, once an upland tarn.
 Record Name White patinated flint end scraper with some associated artefact finds from this location.
 Record Description This flint end scraper is a fine example of an artefact type which is characteristic of Mesolithic assemblages. Scraper forms of Neolithic Age tend to have retouch which extends over a larger proportion of the perimeter of the scraper. This artefact is the latest find from a locality which has produced a large assemblage of flint,chert and occasional quartzite artefacts, some of which are shown below.
 Dimensions See photos
 Geographical area 
 Scientific Name 
 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes This fine small scraper was found at a known lithic scatter site which, being at a view point directly above a constant spring on the south side and a peat infilled mire on the north, which during prehistory would have been an open tarn surrounded by woodland, thus conforming to the localities preferred by mesolithic hunter groups. However, preferred localities like this were re-occupied time and time again through centuries and millennia and the artefacts collected are of different periods, reflecting different lithic technologies and human cultural activities through prehistory. The very few microliths found here are of Later Mesolithic character being geometric in form (rods and crescents) and extremely small, ie they are minute: being less than 10mm in length and less than 4mm wide, see image nos. However the presence of several burins and the small shouldered poin indicate an Early Mesolithic presence here also.
 Image 1 ID 6561         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description End scraper, white patinated flint
 Image 2 ID 6562         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Selected artefacts of flint and chert
 Image 3 ID 6568         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description End scraper, White patinated flint.
 Image 4 ID 6570         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Struck flake, Quartzite. Dorsal view.
 Image 5 ID 6571         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Struck flake, Quartzite. Ventral view.
 Image 6 ID 6563         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Small shouldered point (Pointe a cran).
 Image 7 ID 6564         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Broad chert flake suitable as a blank for converting to an arrowhead
 Image 8 ID 6565         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Selected artefacts of flint, olive chert of unknown origin and black Pennine chert. Dorsal view
 Image 9 ID 6566         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description The same selected artefacts of flint and chert. Ventral view
 Image 10 ID 6567         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Burin on chert blade and small bladelet with cortex
 Image 11 ID 6576
 Image 11 Description Selected artefacts
 Image 12 ID 6577
 Image 12 Description Selected artefacts
 Image 13 ID 6574
 Image 13 Description Lunate microlith, unpatinated flint retouched on both upper surfaces.
 Image 14 ID 6575
 Image 14 Description Rod microlith, white patinated flint. Broken.
 Image 15 ID 6578
 Image 15 Description View from the outcrop of the Five Yard Limestone southward over the springs across and down Swaledale
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