Neolithic Workshop

The two stones; the smaller one is granite and the larger sandstone.

Recently digging on our Neolithic site we came across these two stones embedded in the natural interglacial sand. Both had evidence of having been used as small anvils.

One would imagine that the smaller, granite stone would have been used for working flints, while the larger sandstone piece might have been used to work wood.

The depressions in which they sat did not seem to have been cut, as such, but it makes sense that the stones would have been purposely pressed into the sand to achieve stability. There was a fine line between creating a good flint and wrecking one, so they needed a good surface to work on.

It’s fascinating that simply from two stones in the ground we can begin to build a picture of the lives and working practices of people from thousands of years ago.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.