Flint knife found near Asfordby

Unusual Early Bronze Age scale flaked knife. Image credit: Lynden Cooper

Recent fieldwork near Asfordby in north-east Leicestershire has recovered a significant assemblage of seventy-four worked flints, including forty tools; comprising cores, scrapers and piercers. The remainder of the assemblage was made up of flakes, some of which had been retouched. One noteworthy find was an unusual scale-flaked knife (which coincidentally resembles a leaf-shaped arrowhead).

The assemblage is thought to date from the Early Bronze Age but contains a number of reused pieces  from the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. Aerial photographs and geophysical survey have identified two ring ditches nearby and the flint assemblage supports their interpretation as Neolithic/Bronze Age burial mounds.

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