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Irish Neolithic Flint Hollow Scraper 2 c.3500 BC Ireland

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Seller: clegnagh (4,536) 100%, Location: Ballymoney, Antrim, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 132016706161 Please remember that postal charge includes packing materials and delivery to the post office which is 7 miles away An Irish Neolithic Flint Hollow Scraper c. 3500 BCOne archaeologist described the Northern Irish hollow scraper as the single most important diagnostic implement found hereThere are two main types, those with a thick working edge (it is thought) for removing bark from thin pieces of wood to prepare arrowheads, make wands for basket making and in the manufacture of dowelsCharacteristically they are made on a very thin square flake which is then retouched to give the concave or "hollow" working edgeThere is often a pointed horn at one end of the hollow, the function of which is not fully understood and there is also sometimes some sharpening retouch to another edge. These features are both probably related to different connected purposes during a crafting operationThis hollow scraper has both the hollow and the horn, making it textbook perfectI have tried to show the delicate retouching in the gape, but it is very difficultThe retouch here has a serrated effectThis one is made on a flake which retains its bulb of percussionIt is 30mm by 35mm by 7mm (maximum thickness) and the gape is 17mm wide and 4mm deepIt was part of my teaching collection when I lectured at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast and other academic institutions in IrelandMy 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. Please note that my entire private collection was examined, recorded and evaluated by staff of the Ulster Museum, Belfast in the 1990s Condition: Excellent

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