Paleo-Indian (Early Man) Hand/Knife Tool, c. 8000 BC
Stone; 95mm/114gm, 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.
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 with a large dimple flaked into the tool to hold his thumb.
Found in Western Colorado from the Vada Sandes Collection