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Awl, or perforator
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Item Details
Public
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Culture
Danish (culture or style)
Stone Age
Title
Awl, or perforator
Work Type
awls
drills (tools)
knives: general cutting tools
gravers (generic cutting tools)
Date
ca. 10,000-2000 BCE
Location
Denmark
Material
stone
flint (rock)
Period
Neolithic
Mesolithic
Upper Paleolithic
Measurements
5.4 x 2.2 x 0.9 cm
Description
Awl, drill, or perforator. Light-grey flint. Produced by light pressure-flaking on a small blade selected for its form, tapering and narrowing at the distal end. Some pressure-flaking along one edge, probably for backing (blunting) but possibly produced by battering. Some use-wear and slight polish along the opposite edge suggests use as a knife. The broken tip is heavily polished by use, suggesting use as a graver, possibly after the tip broke when used as a drill. This type of tool is typical of the Upper Paleolithic, but could have been produced and/or used any time from then into the Neolithic.
Accession Number
Anthr1882_007_0150_01
Related Item
Jørgen Jensen, The Prehistory of Denmark (Methuen, 1982)
Deborah Olausson & Helle Vandkilde, Form, Function & Context: Material Culture Studies in Scandinavian Archaeology (Almqvist & Wiksell International, 2000)
Christopher Tilley, An Ethnography of the Neolithic: Early Prehistoric Societies in Southern Scandinavia (Cambridge, 1996)
Anders Fischer & Kristian Kristiansen (eds), The Neolithisation of Denmark: 150 Years of Debrate (JR Collis, 2002)
Helle Vandkilde, From Stone to Bronze: The Metalwork of the Late Neolithic and Earliest Bronze Age in Denmark (Jutland Archaeological Society, 1996)
"The Danish Stone Ages: An Outline". John Whittaker (1974)
Becker, C.J. 1945 "New Finds of Hafted Neolithic Celts." Acta Archaeologica, 16. 1949 "Hafted Neolithic Celts II." Acta Archaeologica, 20. 1956 "The Date of the Neolithic Settlement at Trelleborg." Acta Archaeologica, 27. 1971 "Late Paleolithic Finds from Denmark." Antiquity, 33.
Oldeberg, A. 1932 "Some Contributions to the Earliest History of the Sickle." Acta Archaeologica, 3.
Rud, Morsen, ed. 1966 Jeg Ser Pa Oldsager.
Sandklef, W. 1935 "Are Scandinavian Flint Saws to be considered as Leaf-Knives?” Acta Archaeologica, 5.
Condition
Tip broken, but smoothly polished as by use-wear
Provenance
Purchased from Ward and Howell's (now Ward's Scientific), Rochester, 1882
Archival Collection
Danish Neolithic stone tools
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