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    Stone strike-a-light: narrow lentoid grey-brown block with two flattish faces, a diagonal groove in the shorter one; edge with median attachment groove.

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    • 2ndC-8thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 112 millimetres
    • Width: 42 millimetres
    • Thickness: 32 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Orlinska 2001
    Findspot: Denmark; Dänemark’; no precise location.

    Period given as 'Period of Roman Influence'.

    "Bought from Henriques" .

    References: C III, 8 (1-5: ‘Axtklingen aus Stein. Angeschliffen: Norden von Europa’); (6: ‘Handmühlen. Schleif-und Glättsteine’; 7: ‘Messer aus Stein’; 8-12: ‘Axtklingen aus Stein. Durchbohrt’); III, 9 (7: ‘Sicheln. Aus Stein’); IV, 10 (13-15: ‘Naturkörper. Steinarten’); IV, II (13-19: ‘Amulette. Germanisch’); ChF 1869, 86, nos 12, 25, 29-30, 35, 38, 41-42, 44-46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51 (7, 3, 1-2, 5, 4, 8-9, 10-12, 6, 16, 15, 14, 13); Klemm 1851, 26 (3: unlocated); Klemm 1854a, 76, fig. 137 (5); 77, fig. 141 (3); 83, figs 154 (11), 155 (12: cited in error in the text as fig. 135; unlocated), 156 (8); 87, fig. 165 (6).Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager 'Summary Catalogue' (draft MS)

    MS (directly on object):
    24; 1361

    Ex collections:
    Dr Gustav Klemm (no. 1361), who had purchased it from Henriques of Copenhagen; then Christy Trustees no. 710 (Additional Register, October, 1868, p. 86 no. 47)

    KLEMM G. 1858. Die Werkzeuge und Waffen, ihre Entstehung und Ausbildung. Sondershausen, p. 87, fig. 165


  • Bibliography

    • Orlinska 2001 p.139 bibliographic details
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • 710 (Christy Trustees)
    • Klemm.1361
Stone strike-a-light: narrow lentoid grey-brown block with two flattish faces, a diagonal groove in the shorter one; edge with median attachment groove.



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