Late Neolithic flint end scraper. From Silkstead, Otterbourne, Hampshire.

Late Neolithic flint end scraper. From Silkstead, Otterbourne, Hampshire.

Flint scraper

Late Neolithic

Surface find collected from Silkstead, Otterbourne, Hampshire

This scraper was made from a flint flake struck off of a flint core using a stone or antler hammer. Small flakes were then carefully removed along the curved scraping edge of the tool. This scraper would have been used to scrape off soft tissue from the back of animal skins, in the process of preparing them for use as clothing or other functional items such as bags. Scrapers are the most common flint tool found on sites during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.

Late Neolithic flint end scraper. From Silkstead, Otterbourne, Hampshire.