Published on March 17, 2013 by Carol
Once an animal was brought down by the hunters, there was still much work to be done. The animal, being too large to carry back to comp, had to be butchered on site. Then, the meat was transported, and the hide prepared for future use as clothing or blankets. For this task, Paleo man used knives flaked from flint. these knives may differ largely in appearance from our modern day utensils, but the design and purpose were basically the same. Often held in hand without the use of a handle made from bone, antler, or wood, the knives would have a sharp cutting edge along at least one side created by the removal of small flakes along the blade’s edge. Through heavy use in cutting hide, meat, and bone, these knives would become dull. Then, another row of flakes would be removed along the edges to re-sharpen it. The overall size of a knife would eventually become greatly reduced by multiple re-sharpenings, rendering the knife un-useable. It would be discarded. Paleo man would then fashion a new knife from whatever flint type material was available nearby.
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Source: Museum of Native America