Half moon scraper
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This Neolithic flint tool was unearthed in a back garden during the 2003 Time Team Big Dig, and was mentioned on one of the weekend's shows. Both sides of the sharp edge bear the scars where many shallow flakes have been detached by wear during use. The curved edge is up to 9mm in thickness, and was carefully knapped to provide an even surface.
The small patch of brown and white is all that was left, when the tool was made, of the original surface or cortex of the flint nodule. Depending on its size and quality, a nodule could provide material for dozens of tools.
Period: Stone Age
Find spot: Hampstead Road, Brislington, Bristol. ST 612710
Exhibit contributed by Ken Taylor
Text written by Ken Taylor, in 2010
Photographer: Ken Taylor
Acquisition number: 100808a1