Thursday, 18 September 2014

Prehistoric Clothing

This curios flint find is from my site and is in the more usual white interior, light brown cortex covered material. I suggest that cortex removal technique has been used here to produce this calving of a human arm, sleeve and pointing hand.

On the reverse side of the stone there appears to be a black tar or resin like substance covering the cortex, and some apparent scratches have removed this coating. If this substance has been intentional used, and is organic, then there is a good possibility  that C14 dating is possible here. I have a few possible examples of this, but iron pyrite is more notably used for etching and detailing, and I have far more examples of that.