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What did Groove Ware lithics look like?  Did they use the leaf shaped arrowheads that are so often found in the UK and Ireland?  Thank you.  Judith

Hi Judith,

UK Grooved ware is a pre-Beaker (bronze age) Neolithic pottery with incised lines at the upper edge of the ceramics.  These were early farm folk and herders of animals, mostly sheep and goats.  In some areas, early cattle as well.  Their lithic are finely formed and come in several forms including "leaf shaped" lancelet shaped points.  These bifaces were generally made in local lime flints and were thus very fine grained and sharp.

Their flakes were often used in producing harvesting tools such as scythes.  Knives were also common tools for butchering and other cutting purposes and drills for making holes in things.  There is minimal dulling of the basel end so halting may have been done with pitch or other materials.  

Hope this helps.


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Ralph Salier


Archaeologist for the last 30 years. Norh American generalist and Hopwell culture/Red Ocher culture specifically. Lithics Expert and Ground Stone tools.


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Numerous museums in US and Canada. Several University Anthropology Departments.

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