This is the result of a short session of knapping on a bit of flint which was not the best quality to be honest. I struck a number of blades from the core, some of the blades snapped while detaching from the core. While I worked the core the platform became increasingly uneven and therefore I decided to take some action by detaching a flake along the top of the platform. This produced a platform rejuvenation flake a very characteristic flake from the Mesolithic. I succeeded in making the platform flatter but still had a bit of a dip in it.
One observation during the session was that I used a lot of material up to shape the core before I was able to detach any decent blades. This is probably due to my skill level and inability to control the shape of the core very well.
What would a Mesolithic person think of my rather crude attempts? I’m not sure but doubt they would be that impressed. Despite this though I was able to make a few blades that could be used for cutting tasks or as a blank for other tools.
Next I will try to reduce the core further although could be tricky due to the crushing and hinge fractures on the core face caused by my inaccurate strikes!
The core showing hinge fractures and crushing damage!