Kevin’s Blog: flint galore

Author: Kevin

Date: Tuesday 4th July 2017

Hello, I’m Kevin (see fig. 1), a second year undergrad from Newcastle University, and I’m your blog writer for the day. The weather has taken a turn for the worse and our camp has become some sort of ark for wildlife, with some birds deciding to raid our mess tent last night. After 2 days of people melting in the sun, the rain should be a welcome relief. But nope, we’re (mostly) British, so the complaints are still filing in. The downpour has meant that we’re offsite back at camp sorting the flint from the last two days, much to Chris Fowler’s dismay. As the supposed expert on flint, and seeing as I was volunteered by everyone, it’s fallen to me to write the blog post for the exciting prospect of flint counting and sorting.

Fig 1: Cleaning the flint from the first two days

We found a wide variety of flint that were arranged into 3 broad categories: unstruck, struck, and the struck flint recognised as tools. After some rather heated discussion, with the advent of the Chris Fowler special edition ‘other’ tool, also known as the ‘Swiss army knife of flint’, we actually managed to sort out the quantity in each category. The tool category was then split into more categories depending on the function of the tool, as the table shows.

Broad Category Specific Category Number
Unstruck Unstruck 25
Struck Struck 65
Tool Blades 36
Scrapers 15
‘Tools’ 33
Flakes 9
Burin 1
‘Other’ 1
Blade/Scraper 1
Arrowhead 1


These flints have come from the topsoil and subsoil. Not only that but we did find some pottery, which has been loosely dated to the 20th Century. Holly is very proud of her scraper that she found yesterday, and Chris Long also found a spectacular scraper. Jonny has already advanced far into double figures with the number of flints he has accumulated, like some sort of flint magpie.

Fig 2: Busy on site

Altogether, the mood at camp is mostly positive, despite the weather and British complaining. The supply of food, drink, and card games (Uno) has done much to improve morale. Personally, I’m enjoying the views of the Isle, especially those across the Irish Sea from the beach by the campsite, and I’m looking forward to visiting various Prehistoric sites tomorrow, as well as Tynwald day.

And with that, I’ll leave you with a picture of us enjoying our lunch on site whilst avoiding the camera.

Fig 3: Lunch time on site!



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