A prehistoric flint knife from Oxfordshire

A prehistoric flint knife from Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire

During August, we are publishing through this blog a series of new photographs taken by archaeological photographer Ian Cartwright for an online Image Gallery created with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. You can read more about the gallery here, and you can see the whole gallery online here.

Here is the caption for this image:

This prehistoric discoidal flint knife has been made by being bifacially flaked and ground on the edges. The 20th-century label has been made for display purposes in the Pitt Rivers Museum, but includes information from the museum’s documentation and probably includes some copying from other earlier labels that do not survive. 

As with other objects, the text provides information about its modern history. Rev. J.C. Clutterbuck was a vicar in the village of Long Wittenham, which is on the River Thames in south Oxfordshire (but historically in the county of Berkshire). 

Pitt-Rivers acquired various Romano-British objects from Clutterbuck's collection, from London and Oxfordshire, as well as this object.  

(Pitt Rivers Museum Accession Number 2007.74.1)

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