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Smaller Irish Later Mesolithic Bann Flake with Hollow Scraper c.5500 BC

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Seller: clegnagh (4,529) 100%, Location: Ballymoney, Antrim, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 132016720522 Please remember that postal charge includes packing materials and delivery to the post office which is 7 miles away (2) A Smaller Irish Later Mesolithic Bann Flake with Hollow Scraper c.5500 BCThis was part of my teaching collection when I lectured at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast and other academic institutions in IrelandThe 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.This small Bann flake has the textbook featuresIt is a broad leaf shaped keeled blade which has had its bulb of percussion and upper keel thinned for haftingIn addition, it has retouch forming a hollow on the left side (looking at the keeled side)The gape of the hollow is 13mm by 2mmOn the other side there is a hollow gape formed through damage, but this must have happened in antiquity because the patina is entirely completeThe later Mesolithic Bann Flake Industry in Ireland replaced the delicate tiny microliths of the Early MesolithicThese are large heavy blades used as the points for fishing spears, knives and scrapersTypically they are a wide blade, with a keel on one side and flat on the otherThey are usually thinned at the butt by removal of the bulb of percussion and retouching to the keel to enable haftingDimensions are 64mm by 38mm by 8mm (maximum height of keel) 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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