Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Mesolithic worked flint excavated from the Stainton gravel beds.

This piece of Mesolithic black worked flint was excavated recently from the tightly packed Stainton gravel beds at Stainton Beck, along with minerals and preserved mammal rib bone fragments, and much older Jurassic Fossils.

 1 The Stainton gravel beds are outlined in red.

 2 The Alluvium is outlined in orange.

3 The flint piece was excavated to the bottom right hand side of the spade, along with mammal rib bone fragments.

 4 The gravel beds again average 300 mm thick.
 5 - The advice Ive been given so far points to there being little doubt, that this piece is a finely worked flint tool.



 8 - This image shows what must surly be a worked edge.

 9 I have recently been informed by Peter Row of Tees Archaeology that this piece was probably a scraper, the link below was supplied by Peter.


  1. These are indeed early flint tools as you can tell from the cut marks so it has been worked for sure. Maybe these are flint scrapers for removing animal hides. This area does and has some important history for sure, what would be interesting though would be to carbon date some of the bone finds to get a rough date of these finds, one thing is for sure is that this area of the North East should be explored even further as some great finds keep coming out.

  2. Cheers for the input mike, sorry if the way ive set the post up is a bit misleading, but its separate pics of one piece, the Stainton gravel beds it was excavated from are most likely between 12 to 16,000 ybp in age, so I have to presume the scraper belonged to the same age. I am going to post some other items I believe to have been washed from the gravel bed in the same Stainton beck location. ps Mike is there a way I can pm you ?

  3. Mike I got your last message mate, just post your e mail or other way of contact and ile just delete the request this end.


Please feel free to correct me on any part of my blog, i would also welcome any help that can be offered in correctly identifying some of my fossil finds All the best to all Heath.