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The provenancing of flint artefacts using palynological techniques

Harding, IC; Trippier, S; Steele, J; (2004) The provenancing of flint artefacts using palynological techniques. In: Walker, EA and WenbanSmith, F and Healy, F, (eds.) UNSPECIFIED (78 - 88). OXBOW BOOKS

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Abstract

The provenancing of flint artefacts has proved problematic in the past. Acid maceration to extract age-diagnostic organic-walled microplankton from sedimentary materials is a technique routinely employed in both industrial hydrocarbon exploration and Quaternary studies. Here we assess the application of this technique to provenance determination of flint nodules from three locations (two in southern England and one in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland), each of which has abundant local evidence of flint utilization for artefact manufacture in prehistory. We show that, whilst not all flint nodules yield abundant or well preserved organic-walled microfossil assemblages, there is a significant potential for the use of this technique, which deserves further investigation.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The provenancing of flint artefacts using palynological techniques
ISBN: 1-84217-130-5
Keywords: DINOFLAGELLATE CYST BIOSTRATIGRAPHY, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, MINE PRODUCTS, CHERT, IDENTIFICATION, RECOGNITION, ACTIVATION, ENGLAND, AXES
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15483
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