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An archaeological reference to a manually produced small, relatively flat, sharp-edged piece of stone that is made when one stone is struck by another. Flakes can often be further manipulated into sharp-edged stone cutting tools. Flakes are also associated with the debris produced at a site where stone tools were produced.

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"Chalcedony flakes, remnants of aboriginal toolmaking, Alcoota fossil site, July 13, 2013" by Mark Marathon is licensed under CC BY-SA.