parallel flaked

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A process in which stone flakes are removed from a sstone tool so that the flake "scars" are parallel. Parallel flaking is used for both finish and detail work on stone tools and is considered the sign of a master stone worker. Parallel flaked stone tools are relatively rare.

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"A hippopotamus ivory and flint ripple bladed knife from Gebel el-Arak near Abydos, Egypt." by Rama is licensed under CC BY-SA.