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!