SEVEN LARGE FLINT BLADE CORES (MOTTE DE BEURRE)
PALAEOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 8500-4500 B.C.
Lengths 15 cm. – 30 cm.
Found in France in the Loire Valley at Abilly (two inscribed in black ink Delahaye)
English private collection, 1970s-2003
The term ‘motte de beurre’ derives from the distinctive yellow-brown colour of the flint blade cores from which large daggers, knives and spears were fashioned. Major flint mines were located in Le Grand-Pressigny and the surrounding areas of the Loire region during the Neolithic period. Flints cores such as these would have been exported across Europe as currency.