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'Barbed-and-tanged' flint arrowhead
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Flint arrowhead found near Bakewell, around 4,000 years old. Collected as part of the Peak Lithics Transect carried out jointly by Manpower Services Commision archaeological scheme and Arteamus.
Barbed-and-tanged arrowheads developed during the Neolithic (6,000 - 4,000 years ago) and were still being produced into the Bronze Age (4,000 - 3,000 years ago). The barbs help the arrowhead to stay inside the target, and the tang in between connects the stone arrowhead to the arrowshaft. Experiments have shown these arrowheads to be particularly effective in comparison to other types of stone arrowhead.
Some barbed-and-tanged arrowheads are made to an extremely high standard. Many are found alongside burials. Some archaeologists think that certain 'fancy' arrowheads were made for ritual purposes, rather than for practical use.
- Credits: Collected during 30 years of field walking surveys but the Peak District National Park and Artemeas
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)
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