Description: A large livre de beurre mottled brown flint core with elongate flake scars from which long thin blades have been struck. A large area of cortex remaining on one side. A nice example of these large flint cores made of Grand Pressigny flint found in central France.
Size: 220 mm/8.7 ins. in length and 97 mm/3.8 ins. in width
Date: Late Neolithic, c. 3rd Millennium B.C.
Provenance: Ex southern English private collection (probably F.S. Clark).
Notes: These large flint cores are called livre de beurres due to their resemblance to large slabs of artisan butter once produced in central France. They were used in the production of long thin blades that would have been used as knives and were widely traded.