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Paleo-Indian (Early Man) Hand Knife/Tool, c. 8000 BC


Paleo-Indian (Early Man) Hand/Knife Tool, c. 8000 BC

Stone; 100mm/125gm (!), bi-faced.

Such tools were used for chopping and dismembering large animal carcasses such as American Bison and Elk. Once done, the tools were dis-guarded as they were too heavy to carry.

Found in Western Colorado from the Vada Sandes Collection.

This stout hand axe/tool  is a perfect example of how such tools were cut/flaked from native stone. As seen in the photo, this tool was perfectly knapped to be used held in hand. As seen in the photo, the knapper flaked a large dimple into the tool to hold his thumb finger. Not seen, on the other side, is another flaked dimple for his index finger. Sweet!