Mellars, P. A. (1970). An antler harpoon-head of ‘Obanian’ affinities from Whitburn, County Durham. Archaeologia Aeliana Series 4. Vol 48, pp. 337-346. https://doi.org/10.5284/1060532. Cite this via datacite

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An antler harpoon-head of ‘Obanian’ affinities from Whitburn, County Durham
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Archaeologia Aeliana Series 4
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Archaeologia Aeliana
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48
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337 - 346
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Republication of a harpoon picked up on the foreshore in 1852. There is no further information about the find-circumstances but it seems likely to have been washed up from submerged peat deposits The Whitburn harpoon is of deer antler, not bone as previously thought; it is 87mm long and has three sharp barbs on one side, two on the other, with an oval perforation which has been notched by the attachment line in the butt-end. Marks of tooling have disappeared, but the grooves which defined the barbs and perforation were cut from both sides of the weapon. A close parallel from the MacArthur cave at Oban emphasises the isolation of the Whitburn specimen from the general distribution of Obanian barbed points of SW Scotland. The siting of the find-spots suggests a coastal economy which cannot yet be certainly related to that of the microlith-users further inland.
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Paul A Mellars
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1970
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30 May 2019