celt (general & multipurpose)

Flint core or core tool. It is pyramidal in form, with the base carrying three flake scars. The cortex remains, covering most of one side. Viewed this way, the artefact need be no more than a core for flake production. If the cortex area is taken as the back, opposite a cutting edge, then the eight intersecting flakes (three on one side and five opposite) form a chopper cutting edge to make a useful tool. It is very lightly patinated, stained, and worn, and brown/grey in colour. There is a hole near the edge.

The tool is from the Clactonian culture, and Lower Palaeolithic in age. The level is unknown. It was found at Swanscombe, Kent. Collector's No. 197.

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