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Big keel shaped flint core

Big keel shaped flint core

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The marks of scars on the outside of this core show it was worked by human hand. Flakes have been struck from a nodule of fliint to create a core. The flat surface on top is the striking platform. The core tapers to a point. The flint worker struck flakes off the side of the core, rotating it as he worked. This produced a series of razor sharp flakes that could be used as knives or adapted to make other tools. Eventually the striking platform became too narrow to strike any more flakes from it. At this point it was discarded. This core may be Neolithic and up to 5000 years old.

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