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| Bronze age Stone engraver implement |
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|Description ||A very rare, small, clearly carved engraver/ implement with ring detail ... made of Stone ...possibly bronze age due to its find spot which was immediately within a group of previously excavated Bronze age burials... close up links below.|
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| I've seen things marked like this described as blanks that were used for making beads. They would be split along the lines - and those are about three equal ones - then drilled. It could of course, be something totally different. |
Do you know what sort of stone it is? If it weighs next to nothing, it could be jet, very easy to work and unpolished it does look like that.
| Hi, im not sure what material it is but although it is very lightweight im fairly sure it isnt jet...when i found it, it was a light grey colour, when i cleaned the dirt off this was its natural...there are some very small engraved markings on it around the pointed end which has itself been worked to the point, you really need to view it close up to see whats what as you know, i also have engraved Slate pieces also found amongst the Bronze age material but im yet to have these analyzed but definately knapped form & duplicated many fold in size, thickness etc to exact similars, some are definately zoomorphic in design & i have reference to them being upper Palaeo but Slate was used during the British Meso era for points, scrapers & knives etc so something to look forward to i guess :)|
| Could it possibly be Kimmeridge shale? I remember the very black-looking cup that used to be displayed at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter (see that site page for pic and further description in comments lower down page.)|
| Hi Angie, definately not shale ...would be virtually imposible to form such a shape using any sedimentary material, after a while close up exam, im almost certain its Iron stone due to the Reddish Brown colouring within the grooves, the Blackening is almost certainly down to being used & having many iron stone carvings i see this alot & excessive cleaning to the Blackening of Iron stone, it soon reverts back to the sandy brown, course material...so its either a scriber for Slate/ ceramic detail or possible amulet due to having the shallow engraved detail in places...hazard a guess :)|
| At Swine Sty and Totley Moss shale rings and bracelets of Bronze Age date were found....surprising what you can do|
| Hi Stu, yes i have seen Shale bracelets being made, amazing how they spin the Shale disc working from centre outwards, i have actually got a Shale bronze age finger ring with engraved "lined" detail around the whole outer circumference, ill take a pic & upload it :) ...back to this tho, object being straight, totally different kettle of fish & virtually impossible to obtain if it were Shale due to Shale's hardness...interesting piece never the less :)|
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