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Irish Neolithic Burin Engraver c. 3000 BC Ireland

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Seller: clegnagh (4,440) 99.7%, Location: Ballymoney, Antrim, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 132016704266 Please remember that postal charge includes packing materials and delivery to the post office which is 7 miles away Irish Irish Neolithic Burin Engraver c. 3000 BC The word engraver is often used by archaeologists and is somewhat misleading in that it implies the kind of engraving done on jewellery etc Burins were made by taking a blade and removing two flakes from the tip, leaving a fine chisel point In fact these tools were used to make gouges into wood, bone and antler, working deeper all the time until the required tool is released. The commonest of these final tools were needles, but they were also used to make buttons, pendants (see Poulnabrone), bearings and many other tools where hardness was required and flint was unsuitable This burin is 38mm by 23mm by 5mm (maximum depth) It has a natural curve and the bulb of percussion has been trimmed as has the keel on the other side for hafting This was part of my teaching collection when I lectured at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast and other academic institutions in Ireland My teaching collection largely comprised material given to me by students and so is not accurately provenanced. I can say that all material comes from North Antrim and North Londonderry. All photographs are taken in natural daylight with no editing Please note that my entire private collections and teaching collections were examined, recorded and evaluated by staff of the Ulster Museum, Belfast in the 1990s Condition: Excellent

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