How did an antiquarian record Arbor Low in the 1700s?(read more)
Flint 'end' scraper
DERSB : 3472
Flint scraper found near Arbor Low, 6,000 - 3,000 years old (Neolithic or Bronze Age).
Scrapers are a common stone tool found in many forms. They had many uses such as removing hair and fat from animal skin, and scraping bark to make sticks and handles. This is an short 'end' scraper, meaning that it has been worked around one end to form a scraping tool.
Many stone tools have been found in the landscape around Arbor Low, suggesting this was an important focal point for prehistoric people, but no one really knows why or what people did there. Did people gather here seasonally to meet each other and celebrate festivals? The earthen bank and ditch of the henge were built around 4,500 years ago and can be seen from miles away. Around 500 years later a stone circle was added, hidden from view by the bank of the henge. Archaeologists are still debating whether or not the stones stood upright.
- Description: width 36mm; length 42mm; depth 7mm; diameter mm
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)
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Evidence suggests that the landscape around Arbor Low was used for thousands of years, even before the henge and barrows were built(read more)