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A pleasant and tactile Early Paleolithic "Acheulian" flint end / side scraper from Kent.
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c.300,000 - 250,000 B.C. A pleasant and tactile Early Paleolithic Acheulian flint end / side scraper from Reculver, Kent. Expertly formed from a good sized flake struck from the top of a dark grey flint cobble, with pebble cortex remaining on upper surface and then carefully worked on two sides to form the functional cutting and scraping edges. This tool would have been used for minor cutting purposes and also for scraping the fat from animal hides to make garments. [This tool was excavated in the 1970's from an eroding cliff face at Reculver, Kent which was once the site of a lost river channel with gravel terraces on either side and inhabited from c.450,000 to 60,000 years B.C. Remains of the animals killed for food were also evident at this site and mainly consisted of Wooly Mammoth, Wooly Rhino and Aurochs]. Nice surface ageing, an appealing and tactile Early Stone Age hand tool, 65mm long x 50mm wide x 17mm thick.