of the fields walked. Please click on the image to see a larger and
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total of 7 fields adjacent to the Howick site were walked during Spring 2002.
A total of 244 lithics were recovered from the survey. Most of the
diagnostic flints could be ascribed to a later Mesolithic narrow blade
industry and corresponded with the type of flint material recovered from
the excavation site. All flint that could be sourced were shown to be
beach flint, indicating that local stone procurement strategies took place
during the later Mesolithic in this area.
of flint material were able to be discerned even when the effects of soil
processes and recovery biases were taken into account. The platform
occupied by a crop-mark enclosure in Fields 1 and 2 formed a focus for
activity, as did the higher ground in Fields 1 and 3. Overall, the flint
counts were highest in areas proximal to and/or overlooking the Howick
Burn which provides a ready source of freshwater. With distance from the
burn the flint counts fell suggesting less concentrated
activity/settlement in areas more distant from the burn.
wide range of chipped stone types were evidenced in the assemblage. The
primary stage of flint working was also prominent, indicating
the importance of procurement and primary chipping in areas close to the
coast which formed the source area for most of the material.