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This is a replica Mousterian blade core from the upper paleolithic period. The Mousterian core technology was the hallmark of Neanderthal Man, and has been used ever since. It was a well thought out process that increased the cutting edge per pound of stone. Instead of random beating on the edge with a hammer stone, flakes and blades were driven off in sequence around the center creating a disk shape. I've seen these cores from 1" to 8". They were for blades, bladelets or micro blades depending on size. I still often use this method for producing blades and flakes for stone tool replication. The core shown is for blades. The core is 3 1/4" across the flat surface and 21/2 " tall weighing almost 11oz Several nice flake scars are evident from the bladelets being driven off. This item comes with 5 small blades in various stages of work. Most are uniface blades to show what this technique produces. I left the cortex or rind of the stone on the blades and a piece on the core as well. The blades would be further worked into arrowheads, scrapers , and various cutting tools. The blades range in size from 11/4" to 1 1/2" long. Great educational display.

Rhyolite Paleolithic Flint Knapping Core


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: stone, jasper, agate
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