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Category: Stone tools

  1. What does a lithic specialist do all day?

      For exciting insights in the life of a lithic specialist read What does a lithic specialist do all day?

  2. A Late Neolithic butchery site in Orkney

    Winter storms exposed a spread of animal bone and stone tools at Skaill Bay next to Skara Brae, Orkney. Most of the bone was of red deer and the stone tools were Skaill knives – flakes made from sandstone cobbles. Here is the plan of the site showing the arcs and groups of Skaill knives […]

  3. Ground stone from Isle of Man Meolithic

    Oxford Archaeology North  recently excavated a Mesolithic house at Cass ny Hawin 2, Isle of Man. This house had burnt down leaving charred timbers and quantities of burnt hazelnut shell as well as the flint and stone tools lying where they were last placed before the conflagration. The stone tools formed a fascinating collection including three […]

  4. Stone discs from Cromarty Medieval Burgh, Scotland

    An unusual assemblage of 148 flat stone discs was recovered during excavations at Cromarty Medieval Burgh  Many were found in middens and shell middens dating to the 13th and 14th Centuries. The discs were quickly made by selecting whole or split cobbles and then flaking them coarsely around the perimeter to form a roughly circular […]

  5. A Bronze Age Cemetery

    Recent excavations at Crieff, Perthshire by CFA-Archaeology Ltd have revealed a Bronze Age funerary complex.  A circular cemetery was identified from a cluster of cists, pits, post holes and cremation deposits whilst some 15m to the south there was a separate group of cremation pits and inverted Cordoned Urn burials. Beautiful and unusual stone objects […]

  6. Stone tools from an Early Iron Age souterrain at Windwick, South Ronaldsay, Orkney

    A fine assemblage of stone tools including saddle querns, quern rubbers and cobble tools was found during recent excavations at Windwick by Martin Carruthers, University of the Highlands and Islands. The stone tools were used for the construction of the souterrain and above ground structure as well as for activities within the completed buildings. There […]

  7. Rotary Querns and Stone Weights

      Rotary querns and stone weights were the most common finds at the excavation of an Iron Age homestead at Black Spout, Perth and Kinross. They were all made from the locally available garnetiferous schist. For more information go to    

  8. Stone tools from Orkney and Shetland

    Coarse stone tools are frequent finds at prehistoric sites in Orkney and Shetland. A whole range of tools was made and used for diverse jobs such as butchering, flint knapping, craft work, agriculture, storage and food processing. These stone assemblages are often large, dominated by particular tool types and are found at many different types of site […]

  9. Odds and sods

  10. Making stone tools