The provenancing of flint artefacts using palynological techniques

Harding, I.C., Trippier, S. and Steele, J. (2004) The provenancing of flint artefacts using palynological techniques. In, Walker, E.A., Wenban-Smith, F. and Healy, F. (eds.) Lithics in Action: papers from the conference Lithic Studies in the Year 2000. Lithic Studies in the Year 2000 Oxford, UK, Oxbow Books, 78-88. (Lithic Studies Society Occasional Paper 8).


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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 microfossils assemblages, there is a significant potential for the use of this technique, which deserves further investigation.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 1842171305 (hardback)
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 37725
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Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:06

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