Database of Implement Petrology for Britain

Council for British Archaeology, 1999

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The database contains records assembled by the Implement Petrology Committee (IPC) of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) between the 1930s and the mid 1980s. These data have already been published in Stone Axe Studies volume 2 (CBA Research Report 67, 1988, edited by T H McKClough & W A Cummins) [NB This volume will be published on-line in the near future through the Archaeology Data Service as part of the digitisation programme for out- of-print CBA Research Reports].

The database contains the results of examining more than 7,500 stone implements from the British Isles. These artefacts range in date from the earliest Neolithic to the Bronze Age; in type from polished battle axes to net sinkers; in quality from the finest jadeite axe to the crudest roughout; and in composition from mudstone to porcellanite. Many come from known rock sources and places of manufacture, as far apart as Land's End in England, the Northern Isles in Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Together these implements comprise an extraordinarily extensive and varied cross-section of the stone tools and weapons made and used in Britain over a period of at least 3,000 years.

A majority of implements have been allocated to one of thirty-four different petrographic groups, each of which has been defined in the literature. The following information is normally provided for each implement: IPC catalogue number, type of implement, locality and National grid reference of find-spot, accession number (where known and appropriate), and rock type.

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