Stone Flakes (Colchester)
These flakes were common throughout the Palaeolithic and were created through flint knapping. Through microwear analysis of flakes we are able to tell what individual flakes were used for or if they were just waste material. This analysis has shown that these objects were used for wood cutting, wood sawing and butchering.
COLEM : CL1178; COLEM : CL1480; COLEM : CL1534
How were the flakes made?
Flint knapping is a process by which cores were struck at precise points to create a cutting tool. It is possible to understand how a flake was struck from a core by examining the percussion points, known as blub scars. These tools would have been made when needed, such as when butchering an animal, and would have been discarded after use, indicating that there was a large resource supply available.