Very Fine English Late Neolithic Black Flint Sickle Blade – Grimes Graves

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Seller: ancientpasts (249) 99.4%, Location: Peterborough, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 353004556135 Visit Our Shop Add To Saved Sellers Join Our Newsletter Contact Us Very Fine English Late Neolithic Black Flint Sickle Blade – Grimes Graves Description Date: Circa: 2500 BC – South-West Norfolk: Size: length: 9.7 cm: mid-width upon plan: 4.2 cm: mid-sectional thickness: 1.5 cm: weight: 65.9 grams: The Neolithic Flint Mines of Grimes Graves, North Norfolk: The Neolithic period (about 4000–2300 BC) saw significant changes, both socially and technologically. Farming was introduced by migrants from the Continent about 4100 BC, along with pottery and new types of stone artefact. In about 4000 BC the first flint mines – one of the earliest types of Neolithic site – in England were dug on the South Downs. Soon afterwards, new types of structure such as causewayed enclosures, barrows and chambered tombs were being built. About 2650 BC, during the late Neolithic period, flint mining began at Grime’s Graves. The flint recovered was a prized, almost jet-black coloured type: This was about the same time that the first standing stones were being erected at Stonehenge and Avebury and is also contemporary with the building of Silbury Hill. The period also saw new burial customs appearing, with a move away from communal to individual burials. Trade networks were extensive, and the fine black flint from Grime’s Graves was exchanged or traded over long distances. At Grime’s Graves, the miners dug shafts up to 13 metres deep to where the best flint lay and worked in subterranean galleries at the base of each shaft, prising out the flint using picks made from antlers. Although the earthworks visible today represent 433 mines and pits, excavations and recent geophysical surveys suggest that the mines covered a much greater area. This English found knife / sickle blade is a typically jet-black coloured type attributed to the mines at Grimes Graves: The blade has been created from a detailed core reduction to form the finished shape, which would have been achieved utilising bone and wooden billet work: A functional and beautiful example of a large size:Reference: MESOLITHIC / NEOLITHIC EUROPE: Bailey: Spikins: [Cambridge University Press – 2010]: Condition: extremely-fine: The flint has a typical worn and smooth cryptocrystalline patina with detailed areas of blade retouching: The flint is of a jet-black colour and typical of the material mined at Grimes Graves: Provenance: The flint was recovered within a collapsed ancient single / sand river bed section in the Swaffham [south-west Norfolk] area in 2086: This suggests that the flint had not moved far from the mined area where the stone was originally found and worked: Copyright Ancient Pasts | All rights reserved Shipping UK Royal Mail Special Delivery: International Royal Mail Tracked and Signed: Returns Available please contact us for Terms and Conditions: Payment We accept payment via Debit & Credit Card and PayPal. All transactions are 100% secure. Why Buy From Us? Thank you for Visiting our eBay Listing Copyright Ancient Pasts | All rights reserved Condition: extremely-fine:The flint has a typical worn and smooth cryptocrystalline patina with detailed areas of blade retouching: The flint is of a jet-black colour and typical of the material mined at Grimes Graves:, Colour: Black, Material: Flint, Type: Sickle Knife Blade, Provenance: AP Private Collection formed in the 1990s

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