Raw Material Studies (continued)

Dating

The raw material composition of assemblages may in some cases be used as a supplementary dating tool. Whatever the reason was for prehistoric people's preference for one raw material over another, the presence of a specific raw material in an assemblage, or the proportion of that raw material, may be highly diagnostic. In mainland Scotland (not including Argyll), for example, pitchstone was mainly exchanged and used in the first half of the Early Neolithic period (Ballin 2009). Yorkshire flint was primarily used in Scotland in the Hamburgian period (Ballin et al. 2010; forthcoming) and in the Late Neolithic (Ballin forthcoming c).

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The Great Sill (pitchstone), Corriegills, Arran. (Ballin 2011).

The Great Sill (pitchstone), Corriegills, Arran. (Ballin 2011).