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Palaeolithic flint point from Wensleydale

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Flint point, Wensleydale

YDNPA, 2004,

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Palaeolithic flint point from Wensleydale

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36672

Parish: Carperby

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Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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A large patinated flint point found more than 50 years ago in Wensleydale and dating to the Palaeolithic. It is probably the most northerly example of a flint artefact from this period and shows approximately how far north hunter-gathering peoples had reached before the cold returned around 10,000 years ago. It was probably found along with others of the same date on Nab End, Carperby Moor about 50 metres east of Thackthwaite Spring. Item on display at the Dales Countryside Museum. Source: Laurie, T C (2003) 'Researching the Prehistory of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale' in Manby, T G et al (eds) (2003) The Archaeology of Yorkshire: an assessment at the beginning of the 21st century. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3


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