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This flint artefact may not be as old as it seems


You might think this is ancient because it’s made out of flint but it’s a gunflint from the 17th or 18th centuries. Gunflints were an important component of flintlock muskets. The square or rectangular flints were mounted on a spring. Pulling the trigger released the mechanism, and the motion of the flint against the iron created a spark which ignited the gunpowder. This generated hot gas which drove the lead ball or bullet along the shaft of the musket, towards the target.