Flint Tool at The Museum of Wales - Cardiff

On 12th. February 2009 a visit was made to Elizabeth Walker, Collections Manager/Curator of Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Archaeology at the Museum of Wales Cardiff.

Miss Walker was kind enough to give us her time to help identify the flint artefact that had been handed in at the Lookout at Rhossili. It is interesting to note that this day also marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.  Hence a busy day for the museum with many visiting school children!

The flint had already been identified by Peter Francis as being worthy of note and Elizabeth confirmed that it had indeed been fashioned by human hand thousands of years ago.

The flint is not a completed tool as such, but a fragment chipped away as a tool was being fashioned. The photo on the right shows a modern example of a large piece of flint that has been struck at the top to break away a suitable piece for producing a tool. Careful examination of this large piece shows a small point at the top with circles radiating out. These are the shock waves radiating out from the point of impact that may have been struck by a large pebble of local sand stone.

Examination of our piece of flint (centre photo) also shows these characteristics which prove it has been worked rather than being a natural phenomena.

As there is no flint occurring in Wales this piece has either been imported for trading or arrived in ice flows from either Ireland or Scotland.

There is a flint tool "factory" near Overton and another near Parkmill. It was thought that these workings were from imported flints from Sussex and traded with local tribes. It is quite easy to find specimens in these areas where they often turn up in mole hills. There is also a midden on the Worm.