Flint is a frequently encountered finds category, sometimes the only category from a prehistoric site. This glasslike material shatters producing sharp edges and is very suitable for making all sorts of tools. It has even been called the metal of the Stoneage!
Study of flint can deliver very specific information about a number of aspects of the prehistorical occupation of our land. Typical tools or technological characteristics can be used to date sites and, of course, the function of the tools and accompanying activities studied. Determining the place of origin of the material can tell us something about the means of extraction, trade and exchange and long distance contacts. Flint is particularly amenable to study of the production process and technological developments. In well preserved sites from the early and middle stoneage spatial analysis of the spread of flint over the sites can deliver valuable insights. Together with researchers from the University of Leiden Archol has the resources to go into all these aspects.