Graeme Waterhouse Lithics Collection

Keith Boughey, 2020

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Introduction

Graeme Waterhouse Lithics Collection

Graeme Waterhouse was born in 1954 and spent most of his life in Keighley. Having left Portsmouth Polytechnic with a degree in Geography, he worked first for Ladbrokes before joining the Department for Employment in 1978, finally heading up an audit team in the Department for Work and Pensions and retiring in March 2016.

His interest in flints and local history in general started when he was at school. His grandfather also left him his small flint collection. Graeme kept his eyes open for finds sadly without much success but this ended in 1985 when he found an arrowhead on Rivock Edge, Rombalds Moor. He was gifted a copy of Cowling’s Rombalds Way, an excellent book which documented local flint sites, and from then on he was hooked. Over the next ten years he spent many happy hours in all weathers tramping over the moors checking out these sites, researching other books and articles on local flint sites and finding his own sites. Most of his time was spent on the moors around Keighley and Ilkley, and then further afield around Grassington, but also Sheffield where he worked for several years.

The flints were not found by systematic excavation by Waterhouse but from erosion patches, molehills, footpaths and stream banks, or through human activity such as incidental excavations, digging of ditches, burning of heather or vehicle tracks. Heavy rain or snow would often reveal more flints not previously visible. They were never found by deliberate digging and would therefore have been visible to anybody who happened to be passing. Thus is not to imply that the finds were haphazard. On the contrary, for the most part areas where flints were known or reputed to occur were targeted and revisited on numerous occasions. Finally, it should be noted that nearly all the flints were found on open moorland with public access.

This work has now amounted to a considerable collection of prehistoric lithics, all carefully detailed and provenanced in a series of diaries kept by Waterhouse. However, nothing of this collection has ever been published, referred to or even hinted at in any published work. As with so many similar private lithics collections, the applicant's intention is to at least bring it into and secure it for the archaeological record which will add to and enhance our understanding of those areas in which the lithics were collected, which in turn should bring it to the attention of both the archaeological community and the wider public, and hopefully even see it or at least some part of it finally published.

The deposition of this archive was funded by the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society and the Open Access Archaeology Fund.